The magic of Autopilot strikes again.
Tesla is leading the way in autonomous driving. Its cars can confidently navigate highway traffic, and can even come to you when hailed in a busy mall parking lot, but even Tesla will admit that its cars should be driven under the strict supervision of the driver. That means no naps or watching Netflix while behind the wheel. Despite this being common knowledge, we still see a lot of Tesla cars causing accidents when their drivers fall asleep or don't pay attention. Case in point is the driver of this Tesla Model S who was caught watching a movie when his car piled into a Nash County deputy's vehicle.
According to CBS17, the man who was driving his Tesla on Autopilot caused the accident early on Wednesday. Eyewitnesses at the scene claim the driver barely missed hitting a police officer standing outside his cruiser before piling into a patrol car from the Nash County Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol parked on the side of U.S. Highway 64. The driver is a one Devainder Goli, a Raleigh doctor who was watching a movie when the accident occurred.
"Luckily, the state trooper pushed our deputy out of the way when he heard the tires squall and in an instant we could have lost a life or several lives. It could have been very horrific," said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.
Tesla is well known for punting its car's self-driving capabilities but clearly states on its website that its cars should not be left to their own devices. "Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous," the website says.
"It shows automation is never going to take the place of the motoring public paying attention, not texting, not being on the phone, but focusing on what you were doing, that is, driving," said Stone.
Goli, who works at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids has been charged with a move over violation and viewing a television device while driving. Good thing there are Tesla hearses around.