In Alberta, a Tesla Mannequin S proprietor has been charged with being asleep behind the wheel at speeds of 150 km/h.
On July ninth, the RCMP mentioned they acquired a complaint regarding reckless driving on Freeway 2 close to Ponoka, Alberta. The police state that the automobile seemed to be self-driving, that each occupants had their seats fully reclined and seemed to be sleeping whereas shifting at speeds of 140 km/h.
Officers began pursuing the automobile with their emergency lights flashing, however then the automobile started to speed up, reaching speeds of 150 km/h. After finally pulling over the automobile, the 20-year-old male from B.C. was charged with dashing, driving whereas fatigued and harmful driving.
“Though producers of recent autos have built-in safeguards to forestall drivers from benefiting from the brand new security programs in autos, these programs are simply that — supplemental security programs,” Superintendent Gary Graham of Alberta RCMP Visitors Companies, mentioned in an announcement.
“They don’t seem to be self-driving programs, they nonetheless include the duty of driving.”
Tesla’s Autopilot Stage 2 shouldn’t be solely autonomous. Whereas the system helps adaptive cruise management, lane preserve help, self-parking and the power to alter lanes, it nonetheless requires a driver’s arms on the steering wheel to work. If a driver removes their arms from the wheel, the show begins to flash, and after audible warnings, Autopilot turns off.
Nevertheless, some Tesla house owners have discovered methods to trick the Autopilot function. One was in a position to wedge and orange on the steering wheel, and there’s additionally a really unsafe ‘Autopilot Buddy’ that magnetically attaches the steering wheel.
It’s unclear how this 20-year-old tricked the autopilot system into persevering with to run whereas he slept.