Police in Alberta, Canada received a call about a 2019 Tesla Model S speeding on a highway near the town of Ponoka.
Officers said the car appeared to be in autonomous driving mode, with both front seats fully reclined and the driver and passenger sleeping.
It was traveling 140 km / h, but sped up to 150 km / h when the police turned on its emergency lights.
The car was pulled over before the 20-year-old driving man was charged with speeding and his driver’s license suspended for 24 hours for fatigue.
The man from British Columbia was subsequently charged with dangerous driving and is due in court in December.
“Although manufacturers of new vehicles have protections built in to prevent drivers from taking advantage of new vehicle security systems, these systems are just additional security systems,” said the RCMP Superintendent of Traffic Services. Gary Graham in a statement.
“These are not stand-alone systems, they still have the responsibility to drive. ”
Tesla’s website says the autopilot feature will steer, accelerate and brake for the car in its lane, but still need to be careful of the driver – adding that it “doesn’t make the vehicle self-sufficient.”
This is just the latest report from a motorist accused of leaving a Tesla car’s automated systems in charge.
In August, a Tesla pilot in North Carolina crashed in a police car after allegedly watching a movie while his vehicle was on autopilot.
And spectators were shocked to see a apparently sleeping driver while his vehicle was driving a California road in August 2019.