Au­topi­lot used to stop car with sleep­ing driver

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol says it may have used the Au­topi­lot sys­tem of a Tesla to stop a car af­ter its driver fell asleep.

The CHP says of­fi­cers at­tempted to stop the Tesla Model S, which was do­ing about 70 mph (113 kph) on a high­way early last Fri­day in the San Fran­cisco sub­urb of Red­wood City. Af­ter the driver didn’t re­spond to lights or sirens, the of­fi­cers say they pulled along­side and re­alised he was asleep.

They pulled in front and be­gan slow­ing to a stop, hop­ing the Tesla’s driveras­sist pro­gram was on and would do the same. Au­thor­i­ties say the tac­tic worked.

Alexan­der Samek of Los Al­tos was awak­ened and ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. It’s un­clear whether he has a lawyer.

Tesla hasn’t con­firmed whether the car was us­ing Au­topi­lot.

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