Tesla’s Autopilot system is not capable of driving the car without a human behind the wheel for obvious reasons, but that hasn't stopped some people from trying to cheat the system.
Stupidity - but only for track use
One company created a device dubbed ‘Autopilot Buddy’ which clips to the steering wheel simulating the effect of a human hand – and yes, I can see you all facepalming massively right now.
The makers insist the device is “designed for track use only,” because of course, all Tesla drivers want to do a track day where the car drives them around a circuit. Yeah right.
Common sense for the win
The device is billed as a “nag reduction device” – because a Tesla bonging at you to take back control is such a chore and not life-threatening in any way whatsoever (even bigger facepalm).
To save the day with a whole lot of common sense, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has decided that Autopilot Buddy is a terrible idea issuing its maker with a cease and desist letter bringing a halt to sales in North America.
In response, Tesla told Autoblog “We support NHTSA’s action regarding this product.”