The speed of the car reached 112 kilometers per hour.
In California on the night of November 30, police detained a drunk driver who fell asleep at the wheel of a Tesla with autopilot on. Behind the wheel of the car was 45-year-old Alexander Samek, a member of the Los Altos urban planning committee.
Police found the Tesla Model S on highway 101 around 3:30 am, it was moving at a speed of 112 kilometers per hour. When the police caught up with the car, they saw that Samek was sleeping, but the car was still moving. Then they assumed that the car was driving on autopilot. To stop him, one of the policemen began to drive in front of Samek’s car, forcing the autopilot to gradually reduce speed. The operation lasted about seven minutes.
At the nearest gas station, Samek was asked to take a test for alcohol intoxication, and then arrested. How much he exceeded the permissible rate of alcohol content is not specified. Whether he exceeded the allowable speed on the highway is also unknown. Samek declined to comment on SFGate.