Driver asleep at the wheel of his Tesla on busy freeway in Los Angeles

A California couple captured a man asleep at the wheel of his Tesla on one of the busiest highways in the country; the car was on autopilot and maintained speed but the incident still posed a threat.
2:14 | 08/24/19

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Transcript for Driver asleep at the wheel of his Tesla on busy freeway in Los Angeles
here this half hour with some disturbing new video taken on a busy freeway in L.A. And appears to show as you can see right here a driver asleep at the this is crazy. Asleep at the wheel of his Tesla. It's raising more safety concerns about the vehicle and ABC's Trevor Ault joins us with more. Trevor, good morning to you. Reporter: Dang, good morning. This is scary and bizarre. This was recorded by a California couple on one of the busiest highways in the country and in the lane next to them, that driver seeming peacefully asleep at the wheel. A shocking sight just one lane over in southern California. Oh, my god. He's totally asleep. This is crazy. Reporter: Clint Olivier and his wife catching that man taking an apparent catnap driving at 70 miles an hour. It was scary to see. To think that the guy 18 inches on my passenger side is sound asleep. Wake up. After more than half a minute the driver seems to wake up grabbing the wheel in a jolt. ABC news has not spoken to that driver and Tesla declining to comment on the video. The company has said drivers are supposed to keep their hands on the wheel at all times, but incidents like this continue to occur. While we aren't sure what the driver was doing in this incident, it's raised questions about the safety of automation in vehicles. Of course, more research is needed but even Clint despite his shock sees the direction American transportation could be headed. It was a scary experience, but also, hey, this is 2019 and that's the future. Clint does make an interesting point. If the autopilot was on, the technology works. That car maintained its speed. It never swerved or drifted, but it is still a dangerous incident, and it is illegal to fall asleep at the wheel even if your car can drive itself. But at some point it may be safe to fall asleep. It could be a monumental health accomplishment when the car works, but we're not quite there. But safe and smart are two different things. You know what I mean? I feel like you should be awake if you're in a moving car in the driving seat. That feels like a simple rule to follow. Life lessons from Eva on a Saturday morning, ladies and gentlemen. It might be okay.

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