Is This Tesla Model S Driver Taking A Nap Behind The Wheel At 50-60 MPH?

A motorist in Massachusetts has been filmed seemingly asleep while behind the wheel of a black Tesla Model S on a motorway.

The video was shot by passerby Dakota Randall and shows the male driver with his head slumped over. A female passenger sitting next to him also appears to be asleep as the car drives itself down the Massachusetts Turnpike, obviously with Autopilot enabled.

“Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it). Teslas are sick, I guess?” Randall wrote on a Twitter post where the video was first published. The Model S was reportedly traveling at between 50 and 60 mph (80 km/h – 96 km/h) at the time the clip was filmed at 3 p.m. on Monday.

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Shortly after the video started to gain traction, a Tesla spokesperson issued a statement suggesting that the clip may not even be real.

“Many of these videos appear to be dangerous pranks or hoaxes,” the spokesperson wrote. “Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of Autopilot when warnings are ignored. At highway speeds, drivers typically receive warnings every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren’t detected on the wheel. Tesla owners have driven billions of miles using Autopilot, and data from our quarterly Vehicle Safety Report indicates that drivers using Autopilot experience fewer accidents than those operating without assistance.”

Randall says the incident was not a ‘hoax’, at least not on his part, and said the people inside the Tesla did indeed appear to be asleep.

  • Bob

    Maybe video the license next time?

  • Jay

    As long as cars can drive themselves people will find ways to do this.

  • Mr. EP9

    Irresponsible is as irresponsible does.

    • J. P.

      Stupid is as stupid does (Forrest Gump)

  • benT

    ONE thing for sure……..It’s not exhaust gas in the cabin.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Well….maybe their own. Kinda toxic in a confined space.

      • benT

        methane is definitely a different kinda exhaust gas……………..ask mcdonalds

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Yeah, I’m not Lovin’It.

          • benT

            you in that car ?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, eh, whaaaaa?

  • Six_Tymes

    cardoops deleting my posts… cant handle truth I suppose

    • Ben

      What did you say that deemed that?

      • Bob

        He can’t respond with what keeps being deleted perhaps?

        • Ben


      • Six_Tymes

        After you asked, it is showing (18 hours later). If you are still curious what I said, see my post that says “i’m on teslas side on this one.” But other posts on two other articles were removed. Those were critical of this site being one sided politically, and I don’t come here for that, anything that promotes ha t e shouldn’t be on here.

        • Aeromann

          I saw finally.

    • Aeromann

      What did you say exactly?

  • Carenthusiast

    So Randall took this video as he was driving? Isn’t that an offence?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      It’s okay. He had a coffee in his other hand to keep him awake whilst “driving”.

      • db

        And munching on a bagel too.

  • EyalN

    Where are the good old days that car companies had to make profit to survive and to obey the law?
    Why Tesla can sell a system that doesn’t work and nobody stop them?

    • db

      That is a great question, perhaps for another website though. I can say Amazon has went for years not making any profits and have become one of the largest companies ever. Its the American tax system that allows it.

  • salamOOn

    i really hope its “ok, be ready and act like you are sleeping, im starting filming in 3,2,1….!”

  • TheBelltower

    It’s odd that everyone is asleep in the car. Since it’s a 28 second video… unless the guy filming started the camera exactly when the driver fell asleep, then it’s unlikely that the car wouldn’t have already begun with the warning chimes, then put the hazards on and stopped the car.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      We already know from previous articles that Teslas don’t stop even if you don’t touch the wheel for a lot of time. I had a long discussion with a Tesla fangirl on the article about a crash in “Auto”pilot mode, the car crashed 3min 41sec after the driver last touched the wheel. Unsafe at any moment.

      • TheBelltower

        I don’t know of any article that has concluded that as fact. I have never encountered a time using autopilot where several minutes would go by without a series of visual and audible warnings if you don’t have your hand on the wheel. The warnings get more aggressive when the roads are twisty or there’s a lot of surrounding traffic. When a car is in the lane next to a Tesla on AP, if your hands aren’t on the wheel very little time would pass before the warnings sound.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          I don’t care about warnings, the car should stop itself safely in 1 minute if you don’t touch the steering wheel.

          • TheBelltower

            That’s what it will do immediately after a series visual and audio alerts. It puts on the hazards, slows to a stop, and prevents autopilot from being used again. I’m sure we’d all get an earful from you if Tesla built a car that stopped dead in the street with no warning.

        • MrCarGuy20 .

          You can obviously spoof the touch detection of the wheel and not be alerted…

          • TheBelltower


  • Aeromann

    Tesla is killing the driving pleasure. 😐

  • emjayay

    Maybe they both died.

  • Alduin

    Tesla is atleast culling people who own Teslas. Darwinism. Gotta give Elon Ball Musk props for that.

  • MarcinBK

    It’s a model x not S. Drive on autopilot today close to 79 miles not perfect but boy so useful in traffic. Future is coming you can’t stop it.

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