A Tesla driver in Alberta, Canada, has been charged criminally after being caught sleeping while driving with Autopilot engaged. Officers for Alberta RCMP tweeted a photo of the vehicle traveling, with what appears to be both seats fully reclined. The agency said the vehicle was traveling at 86 mph and that the driver was charged with “dangerous driving.”
- It is unclear if the driver was fully asleep, considering Autopilot does require some driver engagement as it is not a fully autonomous system.
- For the Autopilot feature to operate, drivers need to have at least one hand on the wheel. There are, however, illegal aftermarket tools to override this setting.