Watch: 'Driver' spotted in back seat of Tesla on Autopilot with no one at the wheel
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This California Model 3 owner has reportedly been caught trying similar stunts beforeAuthor of the article:Alex Reid Publishing date: May 10, 2021•10 months ago•1 minute read• Join the conversation
Tesla’s “Autopilot” feature has been the discussion of many online news outlets over the past few months, particularly because some say its name implies full autonomous driving capabilities (as does the company’s “Full Self Driving” option).
The other big thing it’s making headlines for is the sheer number of Tesla owners caught apparently trying to see what they can get away with behind the wheel of their Autopilot-ed vehicles. This article is the latter type.We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Try refreshing your browser, ortap here to see other videos from our team.
In a clip posted to YouTube by Ingineerix, a “driver” – we mean that in the loosest sense of the word – is seen sitting in the rear seat of his Tesla Model 3, with nobody in the driver’s seat, openly abusing the relatively modest capabilities of Autopilot.
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This isn’t the first time this driver has been caught doing these kind of stunts with his Tesla; apparently there’ve also been noted instances of him driving with his feet while sitting in the back seat. According to SFGate, attempts to reach out to California Highway Patrol (CHP) to reprimand the driver proved futile. The CHP instead suggested to call 911, or file a complaint in person; that latter tact may only earn the driver a proverbial slap on the wrist.
Tesla clearly states the driver must be ready to take the wheel at any time, and obviously that’s not going to happen if you’re sitting in the rear seat. The stunt is obviously extremely stupid, and we can see almost no reason to attempt it, other than to annoy other drivers and potentially kill yourself.
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