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Tesla driver appears to be asleep at the wheel

Credit: Dakota Randall A video of a driver appearing to sleep whilst at the wheel of a Tesla has raised eyebrows in the US. The footage, filmed on a busy toll road in Massachusetts, 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. Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,637 people are talking about this The clip from Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton, filmed and shared by Twitter user Dakota Randall, shows the driver with their head lolled forward while their passenger also appears to sleep beside them. A statement from Tesla accused some of the videos of being “hoaxes”, assuring that drivers are reminded by their vehicles to “stay engaged” by warnings received every 30 seconds if their hands are not detected on the steering wheel. However, Mr Randall responded to the statement, tweeting: “This was no hoax, at least not on my part. Maybe the people in the car were faking being asleep, but I’m sceptical.

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