Alberta police said both front seats of Tesla were lying down and the driver and passenger were asleep. Also, when they turned on the lights of the truck, the Canadian’s car accelerated.
“No one was looking through the windshield to see where the car was going,” Sergeant Darri Turnbull was quoted as saying by CBC News. He said the Tesla model accelerated when police turned on the lights and the other cars pulled away. No one appeared to be in the car, but the car accelerated because the traffic had cleared in front of it, “Turnbull added.
Tesla cars operate at the second level of autonomy, ie the driver must remain alert and ready to take control, and his hands must be kept behind the wheel.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced that he hopes the cars produced by his company will become fully autonomous by the end of the year, with minimal driver involvement. However, he added that there are “many small problems” that will have to be solved by traffic testing.