A 20-year-old man from BC is facing multiple fines and a unsafe driving charge for allegedly sleeping at the wheel while his self-driving auto was doing 140 km/hour.
"Nobody was looking out the windshield to see where the vehicle was going", RCMP Sgt. Darrin Turnbull told the publication.
After being pulled over, the driver was charged with speeding and handed a 24-hour licence suspension for fatigue.
The US company warns on its website that "current autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous".
After further investigation, the man was also charged with risky driving and he was served a summons to appear in court in December, the RCMP said. "You still need to be driving the vehicle", Turnbull said.
The responding officer obtained radar readings on the vehicle, confirming that it had automatically accelerated to exactly 150 km/h.
He is due to appear in court in December.
On Dec. 7, a Model 3 struck a police cruiser on a CT highway, though no one was hurt.
A human driver, he said, might pull into the far lane of a divided highway if they saw an adult and child on the side of the road changing a tire. At least four people died and three were wounded in a shooting at a social club in NY eary Saturday, police said. There are no self-driving cars on USA or Canadian roads. They are advanced driver-assist programs that are designed as safety systems.
The technology behind self-driving cars is available and in use, but there are examples showing it may not be fully ready for the real world.