A Tesla driver in Norway decided to get behind the wheel of his Model S while intoxicated and visibly fell asleep during the drive while Autopilot was activated. However, the driver-assist system managed to safely bring the electric vehicle to a stop.
Another vehicle passing a Tesla Model S on the road realised that the driver was seemingly unconscious at the wheel of the electric vehicle. They then followed the driver and filmed him driving on the road with his head down for over a minute. The video is going viral on the internet now.
Watch the video:
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 31, 2021
Austin Tesla Club posted on Twitter saying, “Tesla owner in Norway suffers unconsciousness while driving, Tesla autopilot detects it, slows, comes to a stop so EMS can help @elonmusk @Tesla ❤️🩹🚑 https://t.co/kl1CEeiHDi.”
Eventually, the Tesla Model S came to a stop by itself. And, the police arrived on the scene and determined that the driver, a 24-year-old man, was drunk.
In a public statement, the police said that the driver denied that he was driving:
“At 0540; a Tesla stops in the tunnel. It turns out to be a man 24 years old who has fallen asleep behind the wheel. He is also drunk, but stubbornly denies driving. Although there is a video of him from the car … Necessary samples have been taken.”
However, Tesla has always recommended that the autopilot feature in its cars should only be used when someone is behind the wheel. The company’s website clearly states ‘the current autopilot feature requires active driver supervision.’