Man Filmed Sleeping In Tesla On Autopilot
A man apparently asleep in a Tesla under Autopilot showed up in a video!
(Man sleeps in Tesla under Autopilot)
However the Autopilot still requires input from the driver, usually something as small as hands on the steering wheel.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly warned drivers not to sleep behind the wheel, stressing that is not what the feature was created for.
The company released a statement to Tech Insider about the 'snooze video', reiterating what Musk has previously said.
'Tesla Autopilot is designed to provide a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable,' the statement said,
'Autopilot is by far the most advanced such system on the road, but it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility.
Science Fiction Grandmaster
Robert Heinlein predicted this eventuality when he described the proper use of the autonomous Camden speedster car in his 1941 novel :
Mary Risling... dropped down the lift tube outside Ventura's apartment, claimed her speedy little ground car from the attending automaton in the basement, and set the control combination for North Shore. The car slid up the ramp, waited until the traffic control signaled a predicted break in traffic, then joined the high-speed northbound stream. Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...
She woke just before the signal from the car which would have called her...
A few months ago, I wrote about a
Tesla Autopilot Road Trip Of 2995 Miles, Lasting 57 Hours.
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