Transcript for Tesla driver seen apparently asleep at the wheel
That will be a good match. Quite a kickoff. Alarming video that shows a Tesla driver asleep at the wheel on a California highway. Speeds topping 70 miles an hour and will reeve has the story. Thank goodness the autopilot appeared to be working. Absolutely. It might be the feature of the future but the future looks pretty disconcerting if you're the California couple driving down the freeway and you notice a car driving itself with the man behind the wheel seemingly it's a jarring sight in the next lane. This is crazy. Reporter: A man arms folded head nodded seemingly asleep at full speed in a Tesla. Clint and his wife capturing this video from the next lane over on I-5 in southern California. I said, hey, you got the phone. I think the guy next to us in the Tesla is fast asleep. Reporter: For nearly 30 seconds the car appearing to drive itself straight down the freeway before the man appears to wake up. I mean, obviously your first thought is for safety, the guy 18 inches from the passenger door of my car was sound asleep. Reporter: Teslas have an autopilot feature that helps guide the vehicle but the company insists it is not a self-driving car and is intended for use by a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel. Still, drivers have been seen appearing to push those limbs before. Look at this clip of a seemingly dozing driver on the road back in June. And this new video comes amid growing questions about the safety of automated driving features. They're increasingly popular with Tesla touting more than 1 billion miles driven using its autopilot system but have also recently been at the center of several alarming incidents. Early one in Russia burst into flames after crashing into a parked truck. The driver insisting his hands were on the wheel while using the car's driver assistance system and in March a 50-year-old man killed after his car crashed into an off-ramp divider at nearly 70 miles an hour. The NTSB saying autopilot had been turned on ten seconds before the crash. His family is now suing Tesla. People really shouldn't be thinking that the vehicle drives itself or will stop for them if they are not paying attention because it won't. ABC news has not spoken to the driver in this video to determine if he was in fact asleep. We reached out to Tesla overnight. They referred us to their website, the language saying autopilot is not self-driving and the car needs an attentive driver behind the wheel. Supposed to be driving. Okay. Thank you, will. Pay attention, people.
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