Tesla driver, passenger appear to be asleep on MA highway

Tesla autopilot asleep

Driver Dakota Randall was cruising down the Massachusetts Turnpike when he noticed something was off with the driver in the vehicle next to him.

A new viral video of a Tesla driver sleeping at the vehicle while the auto is apparently driving at 60 miles per hour in a MA highway, is once more putting Elon Musk's company in hot water with calls questioning the safety of the EV's Autopilot system. He didn't contact the police about the incident, even though he had the video to backup his story.

Neither of the pair responded to other drivers honking their horns at them.

The video appears to show two people in the Tesla.

The driver looked hunched over and the passenger also appeared to be dozing off. Randall posted the video to Twitter on Sunday.

"I just saw something weird on the highway and recorded it". "It was so odd".

Tesla issued a statement after the video gained traction on social media.

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The statement from Tesla stated: "Many of these videos appear to be unsafe pranks or hoaxes. At highway speeds, drivers typically receive warnings every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren't detected on the wheel", the Tesla spokesperson said.

A Tesla spokesperson says the driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of autopilot when warnings are ignored.

"Autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time", according to Tesla's website.

So it's best to just stay awake on the road - even if your auto can drive itself.

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