BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has posted a video on social media that appears to show the driver of a Tesla sleeping as the car speeds along a Boston-area highway.
Teslas have an autopilot function, but the company says drivers are expected to remain alert at all times.
Dakota Randall took a video Sunday that shows the driver’s head drooping down. Randall said the car was a Tesla. In the passenger’s seat, another person appears to be sleeping.
The video was shot on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton.
Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it).
Teslas are sick, I guess? pic.twitter.com/ARSpj1rbVn
— Dakota Randall (@DakRandall) September 8, 2019
Randall says the car was traveling 55 to 60 mph, and he honked a couple times to try to wake the driver.
He did not call police. State police say they are aware of the video.
A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment on the video.
Update: Massachusetts State Police released the following statement on the video Monday:
We made contact with the person who shot the video of the sleeping or unconscious driver, and he was not able to provide a license plate or any other identifying information about the vehicle or driver. At this time there are no further investigative steps being taken. We remind the motoring public that whatever the cause of the condition observed by the witness, whether sleep or impairment, it was extremely dangerous behavior that put the couple in that car and other motorists around them in danger. The operator would potentially be subject to criminal charges. We remind the public that anyone who observes any type of dangerous driving behavior should immediately call 911 so that Troopers or Officers can immediately try to locate and stop the vehicle.