Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)The province of Alberta took part in the pursuit of a Tesla Model S electric car, allegedly driven by autopilot, which attempted to escape the pursuit. The incident occurred on July 9, when law enforcement officers noticed a car speeding along the highway at a speed of about 140 km / h, and both front seats were in the reclined position. Assuming that both passengers were asleep and the car was being driven by autopilot, the police began to chase.
However, as soon as an officer of the Road ServiceMovement of Alberta turned on the emergency siren, the speed of the Tesla Model S increased to 150 km / h, which was later confirmed when receiving data from the vehicle's on-board system. The acceleration of the electric car can be easily explained by the fact that after the police siren turned on, the road in front of Tesla was cleared of obstacles, as law-abiding Canadians pulled to the side of the road.
Ultimately, the car stopped and 20a summer driver from British Columbia was charged with speeding. According to the police, the driver looked sleepy and was sentenced to 24-hour deprivation of the right to drive. According to RCMP lawyers, the driver is accused of dangerous driving and will be brought to trial in December.
The police said that driving the car withthe use of autopilots does not relieve the driver of responsibility for safety. Modern autopilots cannot provide full autonomous control, and manufacturers use various restrictions in order to prevent abuse of the capabilities of an automatic system. In particular, in the latest update to Tesla's autopilot, the driver's hands should always be on the steering wheel. Otherwise, the car will turn on the alarm and park on the side of the road. Thus, drivers will at least not be able to sleep with the backrests behind the wheel of the Tesla.