Driver filmed ‘sleeping’ at the wheel of Tesla

Driver filmed ‘sleeping’ at the wheel of Tesla

In response to the video and incident, a Tesla spokesperson told Fox News, "Many of these videos appear to be unsafe pranks or hoaxes".

Video that surfaced on Twitter appears to show the driver behind a Tesla fast asleep as the auto speeds along the Massachusetts Turnpike Sunday. In the passenger's seat, another person appears to be sleeping.

The video was captured by Dakota Randall who noticed the driver was asleep while passing by. "Teslas are sick, I guess?" he tweeted.

"It was just so odd and baffling" Randall told WBZ-TV. "I thought I saw somebody asleep at the wheel, but I wasn't sure so I did a double-take".

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Randall says the auto was traveling 55 to 60 miles per hour, and he honked to try to wake the driver.

According to The Guardian, state police said they are aware of the video.

"Tesla AutoPilot does not allow drivers to sleep behind the wheel [.] If the driver does not respond to attention prompts, the auto will play a sound to try and get their attention /wake them up [.] If they still don't respond the vehicle will automatically slow down and pull over", the tweet said. Another driver! As much as I enjoy the proof instead of a tall tale that can get more elastic with the retelling, this, too, is just not cool. "At highway speeds, drivers typically receive warning every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren't detected on the wheel".

Last week, a National Transportation Safety Board report found the driver of a Tesla was using the car's Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn't have time to react before crashing into a fire truck near Los Angeles.

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