A minor teen who was driving a Tesla without a drivers license or the owners permission got innovative when the cars and truck was come by the police: She decided to leap in the rear seats and declare the Tesla was self-driving.
The incident occurred near Daytona Beach, Florida, where a Flagler County Sheriffs deputy pulled over a Tesla Model Y driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
After the vehicle stopped, it gradually backed up into the authorities cruiser.
When the deputy strolled to the motorists window to see what the issue was, he didnt discover anybody in the chauffeurs seat.
Rather, the police officer discovered a 15-year-old woman and a 14-year-old woman, one in the rear seats and one in the front traveler seat.
Both women claimed that nobody was driving the car and that the Tesla was self-driving.
While Tesla does offer a “Full Self-Driving package,” the feature-complete version of the package is only being checked in “Beta variation” with a few thousand automobiles, and it needs someone in the motorists seat. The duty always stays with the driver.
The deputy rapidly determined that the teen women were lying to conceal the fact that they werent supposed to be driving the electric cars and truck.
The teen women obviously drove all the way from Charleston, South Carolina, more than 300 miles away, and the mother of the chauffeur believed that they were at her grandmothers.
Sheriff Rick Staly talked about the situation [by means of the Daytona Beach News-Journal]:
These kids are very fortunate that no one was harmed and their actions didnt have more serious repercussions. It does not matter if you are driving a wise vehicle, driving without a license is still against the law. I hope these kids have actually found out an important lesson and I am grateful that no one was harmed and just minimal damage struck their automobile.
The “driver” ended up receiving a citation for driving without a license and the teens were left in the Florida Department of Children and Familys custody for the night since the moms and dads couldnt get there right away.
Its not the first time that drivers have actually tried to blame Teslas Autopilot for illegal or bad driving.
In 2018, an intoxicated chauffeur attempted to get out of a DUI by declaring that his Tesla was driving itself.
Teslas driver-assist features under its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving bundles are still thought about “level 2” on the self-driving scale, and they should constantly be utilized with full driver attention and the driver being all set to take control at all times.
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These kids are very fortunate that no one was hurt and their actions didnt have more major effects. It doesnt matter if you are driving a clever car, driving without a license is still versus the law. I hope these kids have actually learned an important lesson and I am grateful that no one was hurt and just very little damage occurred to their automobile.