Tesla Driver Apparently Asleep at the Wheel Gets $368 Ticket in Vancouver

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Photo: @barneee750 (via NS News)

As Tesla fights to have its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta systems recognized by the public, some drivers have been known to nod off while using the semi-autonomous driving technology – which Tesla says is a big no-no.

A 21-year-old was issued a ticket for sleeping in her Tesla while crossing Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge with Autopilot engaged on Thursday, as originally depicted in a social media post, according to NS News.

The post, shared by @barneee750 on Instagram, was later seen by North Vancouver RCMP, who ended up speaking to the driver, issuing her a ticket for $368 for driving without due care and attention, and adding six points to her driver’s license.

Constable and Police Spokesperson Kelly McIntyre emphasized that, while the police had limited information about the situation due to learning of it from the short video clip, drivers using vehicle features must remain attentive.

McIntyre said, “No matter what features your car has, you need to pay attention.”

Tesla has also made it clear that both its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta systems are meant only for use while the driver is fully attentive and is ready to take control of the vehicle in case of an emergency.

Last December, a British Columbia resident was also charged with dangerous driving after sleeping in his Tesla with Autopilot engaged.

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