A Tesla driver’s case over sleeping while using Autopilot on the highway is going to trial for dangerous driving in what legal experts are calling a legal first.
Earlier this year, we reported on the Alberta RCMP (Canada federal police) issuing a report on a strange incident involving a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot:
Tesla’s Autopilot enables virtually autonomous driving on the highway, but drivers are required to keep their hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control at all times.
The automaker tries to enforce that by requiring drivers to apply slight torque to the wheel on frequent intervals, but there are ways to get around that by adding weights to the steering wheel.
It’s unclear if that’s what the driver, Leran Cai, a 20-year-old, did in this case.
We reported that the police charged him criminally for dangerous driving over the incident, and now, we learned that the case is actually going to court.
Global News reports:
They added about Cai’s charges:
Cai’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 29, 2021, in Ponoka, and the case will be followed closely as it could set a precedent.
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