Another driver has been caught abusing Tesla's Autopilot system.
Tesla's Autopilot system came under scrutiny recently after a Model S hit a tree in Texas back in February and burst into flames, killing both occupants. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered that nobody was driving when the crash happened - both men were sat in the back seat, suggesting that Autopilot was activated.
Elon Musk claims Autopilot was not to blame for the fatal crash, and while investigations are still ongoing, the evidence suggests that nobody was behind the wheel. The fatal crash hasn't dissuaded this moronic Model 3 owner from abusing the Autopilot system, however.
Photos and videos shared on social media show the man driving his Model 3 around the Bay Area while relaxing in the back. In a photo posted on Reddit, he appears to be steering with his foot while sitting in the back seat. It goes without saying that this is incredibly dangerous, reckless, and idiotic.
"Does @CHPSanFrancisco care whether people are in the driver's seat of their new Teslas or not? This guy climbed back into the front seat when he noticed me looking at him chillin' in the back," one user who spotted the driverless Model S in the Bay Area wrote on Twitter.
To keep Autopilot activated, the system requires light pressure to be applied to the steering wheel at regular intervals and the driver's seatbelt to be buckled.
But as an eye-opening investigation by Consumer Reports discovered, it's shockingly easy to trick the system into thinking the driver's seat is occupied and drive with Autopilot activated. Clearly, Tesla needs to implement stricter safety measures to prevent idiots like this from misusing Autopilot and treating it like a fully autonomous, hands-free driving system. Thankfully, it's probably only a matter of time before this back-seat Tesla driver gets arrested and loses his license.
In a post on Facebook, the California Highway Patrol said it is aware of the "unusual incident" and is currently investigating. Other drivers who spotted him have also shared his license plate on social media and videos clearly show his face, so he should be easy to identify.