UK Tesla driver switches seats while autopilot was on, loses license

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The driver was hit with an 18 month driving ban, community service, and a fine.

It turns out that Tesla drivers just can’t control themselves when it comes to autopilot. The system is supposed to be used by attentive drivers and in a safe manner, though you and I both know that’s not how it’s being used. From drivers watching movies (and crashing and dying) to other unsafe shenanigans, the autopilot system seems to be abused on a near constant basis. This most recent example comes from across the pond, where a UK Tesla driver switched to the passenger seat while his car was driving on autopilot. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but the driver will likely wish he hadn’t tried to show off.

Another driver recorded video of the driver, which was posted to social media and found its way to the proper authorities:

The driver, Bhavesh Patel, was driving at approximately 4omph while hanging out in the wrong seat of his car. When questioned, he said what he’d done was “silly” but that his car was capable of something “amazing” which apparently includes doing something idiotic. Patel also seemed to believe that he was simply the “unlucky one that got caught.” I’d really like to think that there aren’t other Tesla drivers risking their lives, the lives of others, and their incredibly expensive Tesla in order to do something stupid.

For his troubles, Patel was hit with an 18 month driving ban, 100 hours of community service (or at least I’m assuming that’s what they’re referring to as “unpaid work”) as well as a £1,800 fine. Things could have absolutely been quite a lot worse, but hopefully the punishment will keep Patel as well as other Tesla drivers from doing anything stupid like that in the future.

What do you think about Tesla autopilot being used in such foolish ways? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: BBC
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