This wasn't the brightest idea in the world.
Tesla is leading the way in everything from electric vehicle range to autonomous driving, and the California-based company is making daily strides towards fully autonomous cars that will navigate the streets of our cities in years to come. But for now, the company admits that it's not quite there yet. This fact has fallen on deaf ears for some Tesla owners who think that they can forget about their duties as drivers when behind the wheel, as we've seen on numerous occasions. A perfect example of this lazy and irresponsible behavior has been posted to Facebook, where the driver of a Tesla Model X is seen sitting in the passenger seat whilst his car is in operation.
In the video, the driver can clearly be seen sitting in the front passenger seat while driving on a busy freeway. He eagerly pans the camera to show the empty driver's seat but does not utter a word, as he flies by traffic in the road. A myriad of stunts like these has been posted online, showing Tesla safety systems failing miserably. While the technology is some of the most advanced in the automotive industry, most experts, and people with common knowledge - not to mention Tesla itself - advise that a driver be present behind the wheel at any given moment.
The Tesla website describes its Full Self Driving Capability package as allowing its cars to navigate the car "from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars" and says that its vehicles can automatically change lanes while driving on the highway. Automatic parking, auto summon, and automatic braking at stop signs and traffic lights are also included in the package. Tesla claims that autosteer on city streets is an upcoming feature, but still notes that "the currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous."