Sleeping driver speeds on highway with Autopilot switched on

Occurred: September 2020

A Tesla driver was caught asleep behind the wheel while doing 93 MPH on the highway near Ponoka, Alberta, in his Model S.

The 20-year old driver, who had both front seats reclined and Autopilot switched on, was slapped with reckless driving charges and had his license suspended for 24 hours. 

The car accelerated when approached by a police car with its emergency lights flashing, even though the driver and passenger appeared to be asleep.

Operator: Tesla
Developer: Tesla

Country: Canada

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking

Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability

Transparency: Black box