Drunk Driver Tells Police His Tesla Was On Autopilot

Andrew Cummings
January 23, 2018

The firefighters were there attending to a "freeway accident", when their truck was hit by the electric-powered vehicle, which was travelling on autopilot, according to the driver.

The highway patrol, seemingly unimpressed, arrested the unnamed driver, charged him with suspicion of driving under the influence, and towed his vehicle, noting on Twitter that "no it didn't drive itself to the tow yard".

KTLA reports the California Highway Patrol found the man on the Bay Bridge with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit to drive.

Turns out Tesla's Autopilot driver assist won't get you out of a DUI. He was subsequently taken into custody.

The NTSB in a final report issued past year about a 2016 Florida crash involving a Tesla vehicle operating on autopilot faulted both the driver's "overreliance" on the automation feature and "a truck driver's failure to yield the right of way".

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is evaluating whether or not it will open a probe into a crash in Southern California involving a Tesla vehicle reportedly operating on "Autopilot".

In September, a writer for Business Insider who reviewed Tesla's autopilot feature in Australia said he found the system to be "slightly terrifying", primarily because it runs counter to every previously held instinct behind the wheel. It appears Tesla may still have some work to do in educating its customers about the limitations of autopilot, or implementing further controls to prevent drivers from misusing it.

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