Tesla Driver Caught Falling Asleep While Using Autopilot...Twice!

Tesla Driver Caught Falling Asleep While Using Autopilot...Twice!

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A Tesla driver appears to have been caught sleeping at the wheel for the second time in as many months while traveling at highway speeds in Los Angeles, California.

Asleep at the Wheel

Twitter user Seth Blake posted a video this week of a Tesla driver asleep at the wheel of his vehicle while driving on a busy Los Angeles freeway.

Dude is straight snoozing going 75mph on the interstate, letting his @Tesla do the work. ?? pic.twitter.com/RQD2LBSnGh

— SETH BLAKE (@SethWageWar) March 4, 2019

“Dude is straight snoozing going 75mph on the interstate, letting his @Tesla do the work,” he wrote.


Amazingly, it appears that the same driver was caught asleep at the wheel of the same Tesla earlier this year, according to a news report.

This is also not the first driver to get caught sleeping at the wheel of their Tesla while the car was on autopilot.

A British Tesla driver lost his license last year after he was caught apparently sleeping in the passenger seat of his Tesla while the car drove along at 40 mph in heavy traffic.

In 2016, one of the first recorded cases of this phenomenon occurred when a Tesla Model S driver was caught asleep in slow-moving traffic in an undisclosed location.

It’s gotten so bad that California Highway Patrol has even invented a new maneuver to deal with these cases. In a case of a sleeping driver behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3, police pulled in front of the car that was initially traveling at 70 mph and used the autopilot system of the Tesla to their advantage by gradually slowing down, causing the autopilot to slow in response, eventually bringing the car to a halt.

Radio traffic obtained from the incident, when officers had to stop all traffic on southbound 101 to pull Samek over, wake him up: https://t.co/[email protected]

— Melissa Hartman (@_melissahartman) November 30, 2018

The company stresses that the autopilot is not self-driving and is only meant to be a driver assistance feature: “Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”

Exactly. Default Autopilot behavior, if there’s no driver input, is to slow gradually to a stop & turn on hazard lights. Tesla service then contacts the owner. Looking into what happened here.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2018

Watch the video: Tesla Driver Caught On Camera Apparently Asleep At The Wheel. NBC Nightly News (May 2022).