Smoking And Relaxing In A Tesla With Autopilot Isn’t Smart

In 10-20 years, autonomous cars could be so advanced that human passengers will never have to worry about being involved in an accident. In 2017, however, semi-autonomous vehicles still carry with them a lot of risks.

Ever since Tesla introduced its Autopilot system, we’ve seen videos of owners pushing the limits of the system and placing far too much faith in it. Take Instagram user Lilduval, for example.

A couple of days ago, the social media star shared a video of him reclining in the driver’s seat of his Tesla while smoking and paying absolutely no attention to the road, all while traveling at 75 mph (121km/h). Some believe Lilduval was smoking cannabis at the time but he suggests it was simply a cigar.

Either way, the risks being taken here cannot be underestimated. Sure, Autopilot can be quite reliable on highways but the technology has been blamed for a number of crashes in recent times. Another interesting take away from the clip is how some people seem to have misinterpreted what Autopilot is.

Despite what the name might suggest, the system does not turn a Tesla into a fully-autonomous vehicle. Instead, drivers must always remain attentive because if something goes wrong, the car will rely on the driver to get it out of a sticky situation. It is for this very reason that some companies, including Ford and Google, have opted against semi-autonomous technologies and are instead planning to jump immediately to level 5 systems.

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  • Christian

    i¨m no Cigar expert but that is one very thin Cigar… lol 4:20…

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    hes smokin a blunt…were not stupid

    • Knotmyrealname

      But he is.

  • Craig

    “drivers must always remain attentive because if something goes wrong, the car will rely on the driver to get it out of a sticky situation.” THAT is not my idea of a relaxing drive.

  • Philip George

    more like Cigaweed

  • Mafio

    So question: Is sitting in the drivers seat, of a Tesla, with autopilot on, driving while intoxicated???

    • kachuks

      Excellent point. Can’t charge me with DUI if the car was doing the driving. With the right lawyer you might even be able to beat a public intoxication charge.

      • Knotmyrealname

        What BS.
        Is it your car? Are you in the driver’s seat? Did you start the car? Did you initiate the autopilot function? Is the insurance under your name? Can you read (ie that the car requires you to take over at any time, and that ‘taking control’ means taking control UNINTOXICATED)?
        Maybe in the future when your drunken/drugged up kids (no doubt you’ll forget to use protection but somehow it won’t be your fault) want to get home it may be the case, but for now, no.

        • Mafio

          So under your logic, if I let my sister drive my car, and she’s intoxicated, I’m going to get a ticket in the mail?? What difference does it make who’s car it is and/or who’s the car is registered to. Now, you have a point with being in the drivers seat, but being in the driver’s seat doesn’t necessarily mean driving(try getting pulled over and trying to switch drivers before the cop gets out). IIRC, with the newest update, Tesla’s are currently at level 4, which is considered “fully autonomous”. The definition of autonomous is acting independently or with freedom. Are you really controlling an apparatus that acts independently?

          • Knotmyrealname

            The driver, the one that is responsible for directing the vehicle to do as he/she wants, has to be ultimately responsible for the actions of the car UNLESS the manufacturer absolves the owner (or driver) from any responsibility. We aren’t there yet. It will come, but not for now.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Most people don’t get the difference between level 2 or level 5 autonomy so they just think, “Cool, the car does everything!” when it doesn’t. That’s why Waymo decided to skip all the middle steps to full autonomy.

  • donald seymour

    He’s a pretty funny comedian. This was just another publicity move.

  • LWOAP

    It’s quite obvious this dude was getting high.

  • PB

    Maybe this is the idiot that Tesla sacked.

    Tesla be racis’ ‘n sheeit.

  • Maricaibo

    Autonomous driving may very well prove that everyday, evolution is in action and mother earth jealously protects the human gene pool..

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