What will Elon Musk say? A British driver was excluded from driving for 18 months after doing a crazy stunt on a Tesla Model S.
Someone in another car on the M1 motorway grabbed a video of Patel sitting in the passenger seat of his Tesla Model S 60, one in the driver's seat. Bhavesh Patel from Nottingham, England complained that he was "the unfortunate man caught," BBC News reported.
Telsa cars equipped with autopilot warn each time Part-Auto Mode is activated. The drivers are warned that the autopilot is not completely autonomous and that they must keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road and be alert when needed.
Patel is said to have even told police at Stevenage Police Station Although he was "silly", his Tesla was able to be "amazing" according to the BBC.
"What Patel did was irresponsible and could easily have ended in tragedy," PC Kirk Caldicutt of the Hertfordshire Police told the BBC
"He not only endangered his own life, but also the lives of other innocents, who used the highway that day. "
Tesla submitted a statement to the court. A Tesla technician testified that the electric vehicle's autopilot provides driver assistance, but requires a "fully attentive driver".
A passenger in another car saw the Tesla seated at 40 mph with Patel sitting in the passenger seat and captured it on video. After the video was posted on social media, the video and Patel's stunt were reported to the police.
The incident occurred in May 201
After a death in California in March with a Tesla Model X, the deceased driver's wife later said he previously mentioned that the car was confused by a damaged crash barrier. Tesla said the driver did not respond to autopilot warnings.
Self-propelled technology promises to save many lives if adequately developed, but no one claims that autonomous vehicles are ready today. Driver antics such as Patels do not lead directly to driverless autonomy, but underline the fact that human misjudgements and errors cause the vast majority of fatal accidents.