Los Angeles, CA – A Tesla driver in Los Angeles was caught on video sleeping behind the wheel of his car on a busy freeway (video below).
The incident occurred on Aug. 17 as journalist Clint Olivier and his wife, Alisha, were driving south on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles at full speed, according to the Independent.
As Olivier passed a black Tesla that was in the middle lane, he and his wife noticed that the driver had his head back and his eyes shut.
So Alisha started filming with her cell phone, the Independent reported.
The video showed the sleeping driver had his arms folded across his chest and was not holding the steering wheel.
“He’s totally asleep. This is crazy,” Alisha said as she filmed the battery-powered car zipping along on auto-pilot.
The video ended shortly thereafter when the man woke up abruptly and put his hands on the steering wheel.
“I haven’t checked the DMV manual,” Olivier told KCBS. “But I’m guessing it’s illegal to sleep while driving a car. And I am guessing Tesla does not recommend you sleep while driving your car.”
Olivier tweeted the video to Ralph Nader a few days later.
Tesla and other automated carmakers have claimed that the auto-pilot technology made cars safer on the road, but they caution that it’s not for snoozing drivers.
The company’s website said “autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.”
The Oliviers told KCBS that the auto-pilot feature was a success from their perspective.
They said the car stayed in its lane at high speed and didn’t weave.
Watch the Tesla navigate itself down a Los Angeles freeway in the video below: