Tesla Model S Driver Caught On Video Sleeping While Car Drives Itself


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Nap Time?

Nap Time?

It’s common for drivers to fall asleep at the wheel. Usually, this results in a wreck, but that’s not what happened when a Tesla Model S driver apparently fell asleep while in traffic.

It seems as though Tesla’s Autopilot systems saved the day for this sleeping driver who was caught on video behind the wheel of a Model S.

The video, posted to Imgur and embedded above, appears to show a sleeping driver in a Model S. The car apparently took over the act of driving and amazingly no wreck occurred.

There’s a chance this is faked, especially since Tesla’s various Autopilot systems require some sort of driver interaction, but even if that’s true it doesn’t seem as though the driver ever looks at the road ahead, so he’s still letting the Model S do all the work.

We don’t recommend catching some ZZZs while driving, regardless of whether or not the car can drive itself.

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49 Comments on "Tesla Model S Driver Caught On Video Sleeping While Car Drives Itself"

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That’ll be me in Tesla 3 five years from now.

My gut is telling me is a fake vid.

Sven ! not everything today is a lie ! Only 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999 % of everything today is a Lie! If this guy should get in a Fatal …They can say He died in his sleep….

Now you’re lying…

Probably, but there are people (me) who can get 90 seconds of REM in a weird place if they need it terribly. I say 90 seconds because I hear the system escalates its demands for human interaction and eventually stops the car, starting around 90 seconds.

It was just too perfect. The lighting to allow you to see perfectly into the car. The head extremely tilted.

i think this video is faked for the very reasons that you articulated.

I think it’s real – and for the very same reasons. Besides, the likelihood is that this happens quite regularly. People fall asleep stopped at traffic lights all the time. Here, in heavy stop go traffic, the driver could have nodded off when the Tesla was stationary and not woken up when its AP moved off again. His head position is a classic deep sleep indication. He’ll have a proper stiff neck when he wakes up!

when you doze off with your head pressed against a headrest, your head tends to roll from the front, in which case your face would tend to point down, not up. with his head in the position shown in the video, he clearly did not just “doze off” because it would have been very difficult for his head to end up in that position as a matter of chance.

He looks pretty relaxed & he ain’t twitching. The car knows the way. l o l ..just like the horses in the old west…they knew the way home. Everything old is new again…l m a o..

He looks pretty zonked to me, too.


Also, I see you finally fixed your CAPS lock. Good work!

BTDT. I usually get a little drool going.


Volvo, MercedesBenz, and GM are testing motion sensors that detect when a driver is falling asleep. The Volvo system “works by having small sensors located on the dashboard determine the direction a driver is looking, how open their eyes are, and their head position and angle. The sensors monitor these actions through the use of small LED lights that illuminate the driver with infrared light, which aren’t visible at all to the driver.”

I wonder whether governments will soon require these motion sensors for autonomous driving cars.



I think the better answer is to provide Level 4 (fully autonomous) driving, where driver input is not required.

And until its actually technologically and financially feasible for automakers to provide Level 4 (fully autonomous) driving, automakers should do what?

I think Level 3 is a potentially problematic middle-ground.

It’s kind of like entertainment media. You can have entertainment that requires nearly-constant input (say, a Mario game), and you can have entertainment that requires nearly-zero input (say, a movie), and both cases are fine. But problems arose in the early CD-ROM days with the full-motion-video games, which didn’t require enough input to be a real “game,” but required just enough input to be a really annoying movie.

This is how I see Level 3 autonomous driving. It doesn’t require constant input, but you have to remain alert and at least marginally aware of the situation in case you need to take over in an emergency. It’s a situation that encourages people to fall asleep or otherwise become very distracted.

I think Volvo was on the right side when they said that they wouldn’t introduce higher-end autonomous driving until they could offer a Level 4 system. That’s the breakthrough I’m waiting for.

Interesting point.

Jup, go high or low. Inbetween sucks. How could any person react to a sudden emergency situation without previous warning when the last 120 miles everything was fine and you where allowed to drool around?

Either you drive or you don’t. If the change is not sudden it might be ok. If it is sudden, you got no chance to do it right.

I wonder if I can get a stand-in racoon? Remember when this went around the interwebs?

In NYC we use stand-in rats. 😉

How Quaint.

Ashamed to admit it, but there have been times I have driven home from work, and as I pull into the driveway, I go “…..I remember absolutely nothing about the drive I just made”.

As a driver for 20 years, there were many times when I was on auto pilot. I woke up and had to look at where my next delivery was, or see a highway sign to know where I was. Usually like 10 miles or so from where I was last cognizant of being aware I was driving.
So around 6 minutes at 60 mph. Very common for OTR, drivers.

I do that from time to time – it is unnerving, to have performed a sustained series of complex functions for 10 or more minutes, and yet have absolutely no recollection that it happened, nor that you were the one doing it!

Brains are cool…totally FUBAR, but cool…

My Sister called that “Old Timers Disease”, Doctors call it “Alzheimers Disease”.

This is what has been going on when you speak to a driver after a crash and they say – with complete honesty – “I just don’t know what happened!”. They are 100% on autopilot, which is ‘fine’… right up to the point that something unexpected happens and they can’t react quick enough or just don’t see it coming at all. Next thing they know is… crash, bang, wallop.

The ultimate “Head Fake”! Some times it’s too good to be true. Great that everything worked out and his insurance company was not notified and the telematics system didn’t slow the car to a stop and inform the local authorities as to the unsafe conditions the driver was contributing to!


Going to call b.s. On this one if you look at the video it’s only about a 20 second loop at the most, it’s played over and over again I think the model S is capable in stop-and-go traffic of managing itself for 15 to 20 seconds without driver input.

The car doesn’t really require driver interaction though. They just say it does to avoid getting in trouble.

Oh yes, it does. I’ve had to take control several times in very sketchy situations.

It’s a loop. Look at the hills in the distance. 20s max.

Yeah, it’s imgur.. which people post a lot of loops.. sort of like vine, giphy, and others.

Here’s a fun one. The view at the end is amazing!

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I like this one where an unnamed automaker does a road test of its autonomous driving cars.

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D’oh! I’ve been watching the video for the past half hour waiting to see if he got into an accident.

Think of what happens if someone were to die behind the wheel of a Tesla while on the road.

This would finally make the 1950’s story about the rich guy story about the guy who drove the sports car into the woods and died a real story. Such as you can have the car but you got to get the died guy out from behind the wheel to have it.

Looks like his dreams came true!

I bet this guy sleeps through sex too.

Well.. if he owns a Model X too and when he gets his Model 3.. then yes. 🙂

Yeah, because stop-and-go traffic at 15 km/h would *never* induce sleep in anyone driving an awesome sports car.


Actually, in all seriousness, I would use autopilot a lot, but I would be fascinated by how well/not well it handled situations – totally alert and aware of what was going on, and just be impressed, curious, watchful, etc.

I can’t wait for Level 4:

“Ford wants to go right to Level 4, full autonomy, in which the car does everything and human involvement is strictly optional. Don’t feel like slogging through the morning commute, but want to hammer a winding back road this weekend? That’s Level 4.

Ford wants to skip Level 3 because it presents the one of the biggest challenges with this technology: How to safely transfer control from the computer to the driver, particularly in an emergency. It’s a balancing act, one that requires providing drivers with the benefits of autonomy—like not having to pay attention—while ensuring they are ready to grab the wheel if the car encounters something it can’t handle. Audi says its tests show it takes an average of 3 to 7 seconds, and as long as 10, for a driver to snap to attention and take control, even with flashing lights and verbal warnings.”


So they filmed it instead of calling the Highway Patrol to report a “unresponsive” driver behind the wheel. (hmmm)
No license plate in the video so can’t be ticketed after the fact. (hmmm)

Sure smells funny to me.

Even if this was faked, it might as well be real. There are videos posted of someone doing a video review of Tesla AutoSteer while either talking to the camera, or talking to someone else in the car with them. Those reviewers are paying no more attention to the road than is someone who’s asleep, sometimes for minutes at a time.


Even has a goofy little beard. Trying to look trendy both with car choice and scruffy looks. I’d say he’s some mutt from Tesla’s PR firm.