Frankfurt, Germany - July 12, 2016: Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan.
Enlarge / Frankfurt, Germany – July 12, 2016: Tesla Mannequin S luxurious electrical sedan.

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Police in Alberta, Canada, arrested a driver in July who was going 140km/h (87mph) in a Tesla Mannequin S. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced the arrest yesterday.

The officer reported seeing “each entrance seats fully reclined and each occupants showing to be asleep.” The automobile “seemed to be self-driving,” the RCMP says. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, the automobile sped as much as 150km/h (93mph).

Ultimately, the RCMP pulled over the 20-year-old driver and charged him with dashing. They later added a harmful driving cost.

The RCMP launch does not clarify why the automobile sped up after the officer activated emergency lights. We’re fairly positive Autopilot does not have a “flee from police” perform. It is attainable that the reclining driver wasn’t truly asleep and as an alternative was conducting some type of prank—if that’s the case, it definitely looks as if a harmful one.

Plenty of movies of Tesla drivers apparently falling asleep on the wheel have circulated during the last two years. This has sparked debate over whether or not the folks in query had really handed out or if the movies have been staged.

It is onerous to make certain, nevertheless it appears more likely to be a mixture of each. In some circumstances, drivers have been pulled over by police closely intoxicated. These circumstances appear unlikely to be pranks given the numerous prison penalties concerned. In different circumstances, we simply have a video with no police concerned—it is definitely attainable that these have been staged.

The RCMP reminds the general public that methods like Autopilot are “not self-driving methods. They nonetheless include the accountability of driving.”

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