RCMP charge Tesla driver for speeding and sleeping behind the wheel

RCMP charge Tesla driver for speeding and sleeping behind the wheel”

A Tesla vehicle with no visible driver behind the wheel is shown in this RCMP handout photo on July 9, 2020, near Ponoka, Alta.

But here's one: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they caught a driver - and we use that term loosely - who was asleep while his Tesla traveled down a highway at speeds over 90 miles per hour.

"Sure enough, a short time later the Tesla goes by. The officer was sitting in the centre median and he too was like, 'Noooo,"' said RCMP Sgt. Darrin Turnbull.

"He couldn't see anybody in the vehicle". The vehicle, a 2019 Tesla Model S, appeared to be self-driving with both seats completely reclined and the occupants having a nap.

The Tesla Model S was doing 140km/h but sped up to 150km/h when a police officer turned on his emergency lights. Police were eventually able to pull the vehicle over. Gary Graham said in a news release.

"They're not completely programmed or set up yet to be driverless. They come with the responsibility of driving".

A human driver, he said, might pull into the far lane of a divided highway if they saw an adult and child on the side of the road changing a tire.

"Unfortunately, you can Google and find out ways to circumvent these systems".

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Autonomous driving features are allowed in Canada, but only in conjunction with the safeties built in by a car's manufacturer.

The driver also received a 24-hour license suspension for fatigue.

In some cases, the penalty could be worse, with a potential for a criminal charge depending on how risky the scenario is.

"Depending on the model, depending on the year, depending on the program and the updates that are into the vehicle, the auto must feel some kind of input from the driver every X number of seconds", Turnbull said.

The driver is set to appear in court in December.

"It's definitely a new thing, which unfortunately we might see more often", said Turnbull.

There have not been any reported self-driving auto crashes in Canada, but several have been reported in the U.S.

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