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https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18124017/chp-tesla-autopilot-police-redwood-city-drunk-driver
Redwood City California Highway Patrol stopped a Tesla Model 3 they
suspected was running Autopilot with a drunk driver asleep at the wheel. The
incident occurred last Friday, November 30th at 3:37AM PT, when officers
observed a car going 70 mph on Highway 101 with a driver that appeared to be
asleep.

After flashing their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the car over,
the officers deployed a strategy based around their assumption that the
Tesla Model 3 was running on Autopilot. According to the CHP incident report
[
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=779090632439590&id=513512755664047
], two unit cars pulled up in front and behind the Tesla to get the car to
gradually come to a stop, after a seven-mile chase. A statement from the CHP
reads, “We cannot confirm at this time if the “driver assist” feature was
activated but considering the vehicle’s ability to slow to a stop when [the
driver] was asleep, it appears the “driver assist” feature may have been
active at the time.”

It’s difficult to determine whether Autopilot was actually on at the time,
as the feature requires drivers to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel
for it to stay engaged. It’s possible that the driver may have had another
Tesla Model 3 feature on, like Traffic Aware Cruise Control, which manages
speed against the car in front of the Tesla.

"it’s not confirmed whether it was actually on autopilot"

It’s not clear which exact feature was engaged, as Teslas have several
different autonomous driving features and it can be confusing to keep track
of all of them. Most people, even cops and some Tesla drivers, aren’t
totally sure what Teslas can do. Tesla warns that Autopilot is only meant to
be used on highways, and still requires the driver to remain fully alert
while driving, but cases like these show that drivers will continue to abuse
Autopilot features [
https://www.theverge.com/2015/10/21/9589724/tesla-autopilot-videos-youtube-safety-advice-ignored
] and misinterpret them as “self-driving.”

CHP public information officer Art Montiel told the LA Times that “there was
no training for the situation the officers encountered and attributed the
outcome to their ‘quick thinking.’” So while there isn’t yet a standard plan
for pulling over a car with an unresponsive driver using some of this
technology, it seems likely that police officers will devise one.

Redwood City California Highway Patrol stopped a Tesla Model 3 they
suspected was running Autopilot with a drunk driver asleep at the wheel. The
incident occurred last Friday, November 30th at 3:37AM PT, when officers
observed a car going 70 mph on Highway 101 with a driver that appeared to be
asleep.

After flashing their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the car over,
the officers deployed a strategy based around their assumption that the
Tesla Model 3 was running on Autopilot. According to the CHP incident
report, two unit cars pulled up in front and behind the Tesla to get the car
to gradually come to a stop, after a seven-mile chase. A statement from the
CHP reads, “We cannot confirm at this time if the “driver assist” feature
was activated but considering the vehicle’s ability to slow to a stop when
[the driver] was asleep, it appears the “driver assist” feature may have
been active at the time.”

It’s difficult to determine whether Autopilot was actually on at the time,
as the feature requires drivers to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel
for it to stay engaged. It’s possible that the driver may have had another
Tesla Model 3 feature on, like Traffic Aware Cruise Control, which manages
speed against the car in front of the Tesla.
"it’s not confirmed whether it was actually on autopilot"

It’s not clear which exact feature was engaged, as Teslas have several
different autonomous driving features and it can be confusing to keep track
of all of them. Most people, even cops and some Tesla drivers, aren’t
totally sure what Teslas can do. Tesla warns that Autopilot is only meant to
be used on highways, and still requires the driver to remain fully alert
while driving, but cases like these show that drivers will continue to abuse
Autopilot features and misinterpret them as “self-driving.”

CHP public information officer Art Montiel told the LA Times [
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tesla-driver-asleep-20181202-story.html
] that “there was no training for the situation the officers encountered and
attributed the outcome to their ‘quick thinking.’” So while there isn’t yet
a standard plan for pulling over a car with an unresponsive driver using
some of this technology, it seems likely that police officers will devise
one.
[© theverge.com]


https://www.pcmag.com/news/365240/police-catch-tesla-autopilot-driving-home-sleeping-drunk
Police Catch Tesla Autopilot Driving Home Sleeping Drunk
December 3, 2018 - It took the police officers in two vehicles seven minutes
to outsmart Tesla's Autopilot system and finally stop the Model S as the
drunk driver continued to sleep behind the wheel. Does this count as a DUI,
reckless driving, or both? ...
...
https://www.google.com/search?q=Police+Catch+Tesla+Autopilot
...
https://www.google.com/search?q=police+Tesla+drunk+autopilot


https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tesla-driver-asleep-20181202-story.html
CHP uses Autopilot to stop a Tesla Model S with a sleeping driver at the
wheel
Dec 03, 2018  When the driver of the Tesla Model S failed to respond to
flashing lights ... L.A. Times en Español ... Deducing that the Tesla Model
S was running on Autopilot, the ... to tell L.A. stories through his 45
years of experience covering the city. ... Smith has been at The Times since
1970, covering local and state ...


https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/self-driving-tesla-autopilot-sleeping-driver-pulled-over-highway-101-redwood-city.html
 ... officers in Redwood City (CA) saw a  Tesla Model S  zooming south on
U.S. 101 at 70 miles an hour around 3:30 am on Friday. Still, they thought
something was off when they saw a man behind the wheel who appeared to be
fast asleep. He turned out to be Alexander Joseph Samek, planning
commissioner of Los Altos and a hotel industry financier, developer, and
entrepreneur ...


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=779090632439590&id=513512755664047
CHP - Redwood City
DUI DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Early this morning at approximately 3:37am, a California Highway Patrol unit
from the Redwood City Area office was patrolling on US-101 southbound at
Whipple Avenue when the officers observed a gray Tesla Model S traveling
southbound at approximately 70 miles per hour and being driven by Alexander
Samek, a 45 year old male out of Los Altos, Ca.

The officers drove their patrol vehicle next to the Tesla and observed that
Samek appeared to be asleep at the wheel. The officers then positioned their
patrol vehicle directly behind the Tesla and using the patrol vehicle's
lights and siren as they attempted to initiate an enforcement stop, however
Samek was unresponsive.

Officers then positioned their patrol vehicle in front of the Tesla and
began slowing directly in front of the Tesla in hopes that the "driver
assist" feature had been activated and therefore the Tesla would slow to a
stop as the patrol vehicle came to a stop. The Tesla came to a complete stop
within the #3 lane of US-101 [hwy] southbound, north of Embarcadero [road].

Officers approached the Tesla and attempted to wake up Samek by knocking on
the window and giving verbal commands. After Samek woke up and got out of
the Tesla he was placed in the back of the patrol car and taken off the
freeway to the Shell Station off Embarcadero Road at W. Bayshore Road while
the other officer drove the Tesla off the freeway. Officers conducted a DUI
investigation and Samek was placed under arrest for driving under the
influence of alcohol and was transported to San Mateo County Jail. We cannot
confirm at this time if the "driver assist" feature was activated but
considering the vehicle's ability to slow to a stop when Samek was asleep,
it appears the "driver assist" feature may have been active at the time. CHP
– Golden Gate Division San Mateo County Sheriff's Office ...
November 30 at 11:46 PM · Public
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