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Another video appears to show a Tesla driver asleep behind the wheel

By midian182 · 9 replies
Sep 11, 2019
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  1. The latest clip was captured by Dakota Randall, who says he was driving on an interstate in Newton, Massachusetts, when he noticed both the Tesla driver and passenger were asleep.

    “I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can’t be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep,” Randall told NBC10 Boston.

    Randall says he used his car horn to try and wake the sleeping occupants of the car, which was traveling at around 55 – 60 mph, but it didn't work. He added that he drove next to the Tesla for between 45 seconds and a minute before speeding away.

    State police said they contacted Randall, but he was unable to provide details on the vehicle or driver.

    Tesla has repeatedly warned that its Autopilot feature isn’t a fully autonomous system, yet we’ve seen multiple incidents of people sleeping behind the wheel and sitting in the passenger seat as the vehicles drive themselves. Autopilot alerts drivers when it detects they’re not holding the wheel. If the warnings are ignored for a minute, the feature is switched off for the rest of the drive.

    "Many of these videos appear to be dangerous pranks or hoaxes," Tesla said, in a statement. "Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of Autopilot when warnings are ignored."

    Randall insists that if this was a hoax, he played no part in it. “Maybe the people in the car were faking being asleep, but I’m skeptical,” he said.

    There have been several reports of Tesla motorists sleeping while the cars drive on freeways over the last few months, including one in which the vehicle drove 7 miles as a man slept drunkenly behind the wheel.

    Last year saw a UK man banned from the roads and fined £1,800 (around $2,225) after engaging Tesla’s autopilot and leaving the driver’s seat.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,635   +1,232

    There've been plenty of times when I felt sleep overcoming me and the need to close my eyes for just a second was biologically overwhelming, but I forced forward to get home as soon as possible.

    My Jeep SRT has adaptive cruise control which allows you to take your foot off the accelerator but doesn't steer for you and keeps you on your toes.

    These Teslas, especially when driving on long straights are seductively allowing people to do other things behind the wheel whilst not focusing on driving and I can absolutely see how 10 seconds of shuteye can become 5 minutes of sleep.

    I recently saw an Audi driver in a Q7 who was eating a meal while his car was driving. I stared at him for a moment and then went on my way. Someday we'll all have this tech and sleeping behind the wheel will be the norm.
  3. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Addict Posts: 167   +139

    So this guy was driving and filming?
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  4. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,635   +1,232

    If this was a hoax, the driver would have needed to defeat the autopilot with some object on the wheel.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,710   +4,047

    Just goes to show there are many people out there that are craving the autonomous vehicles so they can do other things while the car takes care of the trip. Of course the possible downside will be a possible explosion in the birth rate for the same reasons. I wonder what those privacy shades on all the windows are going to cost? :p
    Odium and Dimitrios like this.
  6. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,635   +1,232

    I'm not worried about a population explosion:

    #1 Prophylactics are widely available and women have a right to choose
    #2 Millennials and Generation Z have/will have a hard time affording cars large enough to engage in coitus since mom's basement isn't optimal.
    #3 The fatal crashes will eliminate both parties.
  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,937   +722

    #1 Yes, but wait until this becomes another viral sensation were morons try to record themselves in the act while driving, those individuals won't generally be intelligent enough to think of using prophylactics.
    #2 Mom's basement? Mom's bedroom is really where it's at.
    #3 I'm never worried about the morons getting themselves into accidents while being distracted, I would encourage it to be honest, the issue is the poor bastards who get taken out by those distracted A holes.
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  8. Stormbreaker

    Stormbreaker TS Enthusiast Posts: 21   +36

    This will be our future. We used to remember atleast ten to fifteen phone numbers before the era of smartphones. Now majority don't even remember their family numbers. Someday humans won't know how to drive.
  9. Ravalo

    Ravalo TS Member Posts: 89   +24

    I’d just say “ok boomer” and end it there, but I think you’re exaggerating a bit

    Thanks to this technology, there’s gonna be people who will try to be “different and unique” and do stuff the old way, so humans won’t necessarily stop learning how to drive, because there’s going to be that kind of people that “were born in the wrong generation”

    And that “someday” you’re talking about won’t probably exist because AI will kill us all before we stop learning how to drive
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +1,562

    Tesla drivers will be the new BMW drivers.

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