However, it seems that these do not always work or can be easily circumvented, as the recent Canadian case shows. The event took place in July, but only now the people guilty of all the fuss have been punished, that is ... a 20-year-old Tesla driver who decided to take a nap while driving and give the car control to the virtual hands of Autopilot. As a result, the positioned passenger and driver seats gave the impression that there was no one in the car, so the police immediately set off in pursuit when they received a report of "Tesla Model S rushing on the highway". When they managed to get closer to the car, it was going at a speed of 140 km / n, breaking the current 110 km / h limit, and it accelerated to 150 km / h when the patrol turned on the beacons.
- It looked as if no one was in the car, but the car started to accelerate because there was a free space in front of them. I've been a policeman for 23 years, most of that time in traffic, and I didn't know what to say. I have never seen anything like this before, but of course there was no such technology before - comments one of the officers involved, Sergeant Darrin Turnbull. As it turned out, of course, there was a passenger and a driver in the car, but both men dozed on folded seats. And while the former could afford it, the latter could not, hence the penalty for speeding, dangerous driving and 24-hour suspension of the driving license for driving in a state of exhaustion.
However, what is most interesting in all of this, theoretically, driving on Autopilot should not be possible in this situation, because Tesla has introduced certain safety measures. That is, the Tesla Autopilot is indeed highly autonomous at level 3, but drivers cannot take full advantage of it, because by law their hands must be on the steering wheel, in full readiness to take control of the vehicle immediately. The system can therefore drive the vehicle, i.e. accelerate and slow down, maintaining a safe distance from other drivers, brake or even change lanes, but if we only take our hands off the steering wheel, appropriate voice commands will remind us that it is not allowed and, if necessary, cut off the options autopilot.
This means that the car begins to slow down and pull over to the side of the road, preventing further autopilot driving. So how did the driver manage to cheat him? Police officers leave no doubt that there are solutions on the market that allow you to modify the system after purchase, including the use of full autonomy, although the manufacturer obviously does not recommend it, because these are not cars intended for such driving. As the Canadian federal police emphasized in a recent speech: “While new car makers have envisaged measures to prevent drivers from abusing new car safety systems, these systems are only complementary safety measures. They are not self-propelled systems and still require responsibility for driving. What is worth emphasizing, by the way, if the event took place a bit later, the police would probably not even receive a report, because as part of one of the latest updates, Tesla received the ability to detect speed limits, which may significantly hinder the detection of fraud.