Tesla’s Autopilot is impressive technology, but it is not meant to be used as a fully autonomous driving system. Guess nobody told this guy.
This was shot by an anonymous person, on the road back from Las Vegas. Thanks to the slo-mo video, you can see that this guy in his Model X is quite clearly and lavishly asleep.
I’m not sure how he’s defeated the many warnings that come on if the system doesn’t detect a hand on the steering wheel; perhaps his hand is resting there.
No matter how he’s tricking the system into thinking there’s an awake and alert human behind the wheel, it doesn’t really matter. This is deeply and richly stupid.
Of course, Tesla absolutely does not want anyone doing this with Autopilot, under any circumstances. They have very specific safeguards to prevent this kind of dumbassery, and while, sure, a car without autopilot would have likely crashed much sooner, this is still a terrible idea.
Tesla’s Autopilot is, despite what many people seem to believe, not an autonomous driving system. It’s what you would call Level 2 Autonomy at best, which is very, very much not self-driving. Sure, it can sort of drive by itself in very limited circumstances and situations, but it’s really more of a comprehensive driver assist setup, requiring a human—an awake human—to be ready to take over at a moment’s notice.
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