That's some solid advice from the boys in blue right there.
As Tesla's Autopilot gets more advanced, some drivers have become too reliant on the semi-autonomous technology. Autopilot isn't fully autonomous and still requires drivers to stay alert and keep their hands on the wheel. While it can stop the car if it detects a hazard, it isn't foolproof and has often been blamed for causing accidents. Sadly, some of these crashes have been fatal, prompting investigations into the controversial technology.
In Germany, Tesla has even been banned from advertising Autopilot after a court ruled the name is misleading. Autopilot was not to blame for this accident, however.
In South Brunswick, New Jersey, a 34-year old woman lost control of her Tesla Model Y and slammed into a pole after falling asleep behind the wheel. Luckily, nobody was injured or killed in the crash, but the electric crossover was a total loss. "Please always remember to stay awake when driving a @Tesla," police wrote on Twitter. "This driver fell asleep and struck a utility pole on Dey Road. No injuries but the car was destroyed. #StayAlert"
NJ reports the woman was driving west along Dey Road at around 9 am and crossed into the eastbound lane when approaching a curve.
Her Model Y then struck a pole on the two-lane country road, ripping off the right front tire before the electric crossover came crashing to a halt in a nearby corn field. It isn't known if Autopilot was activated, but even if it was, falling asleep behind the wheel is never a good idea.
"Driver fatigue is a significant issue, no matter what type of vehicle you have," said Chief Raymond Hayducka. "Statistics show that you are three times more likely to be in a crash if you are fatigued. Don't let the type of vehicle you are driving lull you into a belief it is OK to drive while exhausted."