Caught on camera: Man says driver was asleep at wheel of Tesla

Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The autopilot feature in Tesla cars still requires drivers have their hands on the wheel at all times, but one man says that wasn't the case Sunday.

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Video from the Massachusetts Turnpike appears to show a driver paying no attention to the road while his car, a Tesla SUV, is driving straight ahead.

"I’d never seen something so bizarre," Walpole resident Dakota Randall said. "I thought I saw someone asleep at the wheel, so I did a double take, and sure enough there was a guy with his head between his legs, totally passed out."

He spotted the driver of the Tesla Model X on the Pike in Newton.

"I honked a couple of times because I was like, 'You guys, you might want to wake up,'" Randall said. "It just stayed the same speed and the same trajectory."

WFXT contacted the Massachusetts State Police, and troopers say they didn't get any other calls. Randall says he didn't call police but did start recording.

"A lot of people are giving me crap for using my phone, and, wel,l at least he wasn’t on his phone, and that’s fair, I’ll own that one. But I was like, 'I have to get this on video because I’ve never seen anything like this before,'" said Randall.

A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment on the video. All new Tesla vehicles currently have autopilot technology. The company considers it a driver assistance system, and it still requires an attentive driver.

Drivers are supposed to agree to keep their hands on the steering wheel and maintain control of the vehicle before they enable the feature.

Tesla has stated that it plans to offer full self-driving cars at a future time but is working to overcome regulatory issues before moving forward.

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