It was a frightening scene for one witness when a Tesla driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
A Tesla driver was captured on camera seeming to sleep behind the wheel of a vehicle that was traveling on Sunday along the Massachusetts Turnpike.
“Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it). Teslas are sick, I guess?” Randall tweeted in viral a post.
Randall says the car was traveling 55 to 60 mph, and he honked a couple times to try to wake the driver but it didn’t work. The motorist remains unidentified.
“At no point did I feel like I was in danger until after the fact, when I thought ‘wow, I was just driving next to somebody who was completely asleep on the Mass Pike of all places, like one of the most dangerous roads I can imagine,” Randall told WHDH. “Yeah, the car stayed the same speed in the same way on the highway, and yeah, it didn’t change at all. It was weird.”
Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it).
Teslas are sick, I guess? pic.twitter.com/ARSpj1rbVn
— Dakota Randall (@DakRandall) September 8, 2019
Teslas have an autopilot function, but the company says drivers are expected to remain alert at all times with both hands on the steering wheel.
Tesla says it doesn’t consider its cars with the autopilot feature to be self-driving in its current form. It does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility.
Massachusetts State Police said there is technically no law against falling asleep behind the wheel of a self-driving car.
In August, another video circulated of a driver who seemed to be dozing off on the I-5 near Santa Clarita.