Man Spotted Asleep Behind Wheel Of Tesla On Highway

January 29, 2019

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This is a short video taken from a highway leaving Las Vegas of an elderly gentleman completely asleep behind the wheel of his Tesla Model X while somehow tricking the car's Autopilot feature into thinking he's awake. For reference, that is not very responsible driving. As a matter of fact, it's not driving at all, it's sleeping. Some more info from Jalopnik while I try to trick my fitness watch into not thinking I'm an overweight slob who needs to be standing and walking all the time:

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, so he probably just lost it all on blackjack and doesn't care anymore -- that's still no reason to risk other peoples' lives. Just pull over and take a nap, bro, your wife is still going to be furious regardless of when you get home. "I lost it all." I get it, I've lost it all in Vegas many times. "But your all is only a couple hundred bucks." That is true. "I lost half a million." Holy shit man, the Grand Canyon is the other way!

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to hairless, who agrees this man clearly can't be that wicked if he's resting this peacefully.

  • Nikolas Horvath

    Absolute mad lad.

  • lushkneebumbuild

    pffft, blaming pilot error, if the tesla autopilot is so easily "tricked" that's at least as much on them needing to fix it

  • lushkneebumbuild

    there isn't even any evidence the guy did it on purpose instead of those safeguards just being shit enough to miss him drifting off or having a heartattack or whatever

  • conundrum

    Didn't he have a heart attack?

  • Darren McCoy

    Why did't he toot the horn?

  • Douchy McDouche

    If this isn't what autopilot was invented for then what is autopilot's purpose at all?

  • JJtoob

    Having cocktails on the go?

  • Steve Spivey

    He dead.

    Or soon will be.

  • GeneralDisorder

    He's doing a "weekend at Bernie's".

  • Ghost Pirates
  • Closet Nerd

    I keep having dreams about sleeping while driving, but the car doesn't crash....
    the future is NOW!!!!!!!

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