A driver on the Massachusetts Turnpike Sunday was spotted with his head down and hands off the wheel. The front-seat passenger to his right also appeared to be asleep, resting her head. The car remained in motion, with the Tesla apparently set to self-driving mode.
The scene was recorded by another on the Mass. Pike around 3 p.m. just outside of Boston near Exit 17.
“I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can’t be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep,” Dakota Randall told NBC10 Boston. “It seemed like he had his cruise control on around like 55-60 miles per hour.”
All Tesla vehicles feature hardware for full self-driving. This year, the company announced additional features, including: automatic lane changes while driving on the highway; automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp; automatic parking, including parallel parking; and the ability for a driver to summon a vehicle in a parking lot.
Drivers are expected to be alert at all times in the vehicle, the company said.
Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it).
Teslas are sick, I guess? pic.twitter.com/ARSpj1rbVn
— Dakota Randall (@DakRandall) September 8, 2019
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