Police announced that the unnamed driver took the car into the auto-pilot position, lowered his seat, and slept.
In cars using autonomous driving technology, the driver’s hands must be on the steering wheel, even though the vehicle drives itself.
The incident took place in Ponoka, 100 kilometers from Edmonton, at the end of July, according to Alberta police officials.
According to court records, traffic police turned on their lights when they saw the vehicle where no one was seen in the driver and front passenger seat.
The vehicle got even faster when other cars were pulled
The Model S type vehicle, which was opened with the towing of other vehicles that saw the lights of the police vehicle, accelerated further and reached over 150 kilometers.
Police said that during the incident, both the driver and the person next to him slept with their seats completely back.
Court in December
Originally fined for overspeeding, the driver’s license was confiscated for a day.
Later, he was sued for dangerous driving. It was announced that this person will appear in court in December.
Police officer Darri Turnbull told CBS News, “Nobody was visible through the windshield of the car. When the front was opened, the car started speeding. I’m a 23-year-old police officer, I never saw anything like that. Of course, there was no such technology back then.”
Autonomous driving technology
Currently, Tesla vehicles have second-level autonomous driving technology.
At this level, the vehicle can control the steering wheel and speed when permitted. However, the driver must always be in a position to intervene in the vehicle.
Tesla founder Elon Musk said that by the end of this year their vehicles are aiming to be fully autonomous, requiring little driver input, but there are “many minor problems” to solve in tests.