Tesla model S was chased for 7 miles while driver was asleep
But if he didn't have autopilot on it could have been much worse
Early at 3:30 am on Friday morning the California Highway Police stopped a grey Tesla Model S and arrested the driver for being asleep behind the wheel of the car. Alexander Samek, who was the driver, seemed to be unresponsive when the police chased the vehicle for breaking the speed limit at 70 mph.
Eventually one of the other police cars had to get in front of the Model S and slowly making the car come to a halt. Once they managed to wake up Samek they took him to a nearby gas station where they did a sobriety test and was arrested for suspected DUI.
Usually the Model S gives off warnings after not having your hands on the wheel for 30 seconds. If the driver still is asleep the car will pullover to a safe spot. The main expected reason that this didn't happen because Samek was sleeping on the wheel.
Also, earlier this year Tesla announced their autopilot assistance had reached over 1 billion miles.
It could have been worse
I am pretty sure most of you are laughing at this but think about it quickly. If he had been in another car without such assistance here could have been a much more nastier accident that could have happened.