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Shocking video shows Tesla driver SLEEPING behind the wheel as his car speeds down the highway

An undisclosed California driver shot cell phone video of an unidentified Tesla driver conked out Monday afternoon while his vehicle was in autopilot

Another Tesla driver has been caught on video sleeping behind the wheel.

An undisclosed California motorist shot cell phone video of an unidentified male Tesla driver conked out Monday afternoon while his vehicle was in autopilot.

The footage obtained by Storyful shows the unconscious driver sitting upright with his head tilted back as his car speeds down Interstate 280 in San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The video recorder’s footage shows him or her driving at least 82 mph to keep up with the unconscious Tesla driver. 

‘I followed him for a few miles and noticed the majority of the time his head was back and sometimes he popped his head forward,’ the person recording the video told KGO-TV. ‘I was able to catch up to him and recorded as much as I could, but eventually slowed down because I could not keep up with his constant high speed.’

The footage obtained by Storyful shows the unconscious driver sitting upright with his head tilted back as his car speeds down Interstate 280 in San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area

The footage obtained by Storyful shows the unconscious driver sitting upright with his head tilted back as his car speeds down Interstate 280 in San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area

The California State Highway Patrol failed to located the sleeping driver Monday afternoon after receiving a call about him

The California State Highway Patrol failed to located the sleeping driver Monday afternoon after receiving a call about him

The Bay Area incident is the latest in a string of sleeping Tesla driver sightings across the U.S.

The video recorder's footage shows him or her driving at least 82 mph to keep up with the unconscious Tesla driver

The video recorder’s footage shows him or her driving at least 82 mph to keep up with the unconscious Tesla driver

The person who filmed the Tesla shows him or herself driving at least 82 mph to keep up with the unconscious Tesla driver.

The California State Highway Patrol failed to locate the sleeping driver Monday afternoon after receiving a call about him, according to the local news station.

The Bay Area incident is the latest in a string of sleeping Tesla driver sightings across the U.S.

In September, a Massachusetts motorist caught a Tesla driver and his female passenger snoozing while the car drove at high speeds on the state turnpike in the Boston-area.

Tesla has issued multiple statements through the media telling its drivers it's not safe to fall asleep behind the wheel, even when using autopilot

Tesla has issued multiple statements through the media telling its drivers it’s not safe to fall asleep behind the wheel, even when using autopilot

The family of a Florida man filed a lawsuit against Tesla in August after he died in a fatal accident while using Tesla's autopilot in March

The family of a Florida man filed a lawsuit against Tesla in August after he died in a fatal accident while using Tesla’s autopilot in March

Dakota Randall, who shot video of the incident, told the Boston Globe he honked his horn at the driver, who was traveling 55-60 mph at the time, but the man and his passenger would not wake up.

Tesla did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

The company has issued multiple statements through the media telling its drivers it’s not safe to fall asleep behind the wheel, even when using autopilot. 

At least four fatal accidents involving Tesla drivers using autopilot have been reported in recent years.

Tesla driver Josh Brown, 40, was killed on May 7, 2016 when a truck turned in front of his Tesla Model S on Highway 27A in northern Florida while its autopilot feature was on, according to Wired.

China’s CCTV broadcast footage of 23-year-old Tesla driver Gao Yunig’s fatal crash into the rear of a road-sweeping truck while his autopilot was engaged later the same year.

Another San Mateo Tesla driver, Walter Huang, 38, was killed in March of 2018 when his Model X smashed into a Highway 101 divider near Mountain View, according to Mercury News.

Huang’s family told the local news outlet he had taken his car to the dealership multiple times to complain about his autopilot steering the vehicle towards highway dividers.

In a blog post, Tesla confirmed that Huang had ‘engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum,’ when the fatal crash occurred. 

Lawyers working on behalf of the wife of late Tesla driver Jeremy Banner sued the automaker in August six months after the 50-year-old father of three died in a Delray Beach, Florida crash after activating his 2018 Tesla Model 3’s autopilot feature.

The lawsuit accuses Tesla of misleading customers about the safety of its vehicles and their autopilot function in its advertising.

‘Jeremy Banner reasonably believed the subject 2018 Tesla Model 3 vehicle was safer than a human operated vehicle because [Tesla] claimed superiority regarding the vehicle’s auto pilot system,’ Banner’s attorney wrote in the complaint. 

Officials are still trying to determine whether Samantha Jensen was using her 2019 Tesla Model 3’s autopilot when she died in a September 17 accident in Osceola County, Florida.

The 29-year-old was driving west on Osceola Polk Line Road near Shady Oak Drive around 4:45pm when her vehicle swerved into the highways’ eastbound lanes, according to Click Orlando.

Jensen’s family reportedly hired an attorney to investigate the incident to consider filing their own lawsuit against Tesla.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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