Tesla Driver Recorded Asleep at the Wheel

A screenshot from a video apparently of a driver asleep at the wheel of a Tesla

The footage, filmed on a busy toll road in MA, is the latest of a number of sightings of travellers apparently getting some shut eye while their Tesla vehicles are on auto-pilot - a feature which allows the vehicle to steer, accelerate and brake automatically in a single lane. Dakota Randall, a passerby, videoed the Tesla doing 50-60 miles per hour at about 3 p.m. and posted the video to Twitter with the caption, "Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it)".

A MA man has posted a video online that appears to show the driver of a Tesla sleeping as the vehicle speeds along a highway. He didn't contact the police about the incident, even though he had the video to backup his story.

The most recent report was when a driver recorded a couple both apparently slumped over in the driver and passenger seats of a Tesla while barreling down the Interstate 90 in Boston.

Massachusetts State Police said there are no laws on the books specifically banning sleeping behind the wheel of a self-driving vehicle.

"Many of these videos appear to be unsafe pranks or hoaxes", the statement reads.

"It was just so weird that I just had to get it on video, because it's so odd", he said.

The report caused a lot of handwringing and suggested Tesla should be more aggressive about monitoring drivers and possible jerking them awake by braking sharply. The automaker seemed to suggest the video was a prank or hoax.

Teslas have an autopilot function, but the company says drivers are expected to remain alert.

It's one thing if that vehicle was piloting itself down a barren stretch of road, endangering only itself if Droopy Driver hit some pedals in his sleep or the auto itself makes a miscue, as has happened repeatedly, sometimes withfatal results.

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