In the same week Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk announced the company will be implementing some constraints on its Autopilot autonomous system to prevent some of the more stupid users from incorrectly using the system, typically by removing their hands from the steering wheel or using it on the wrong type of roads, one Model S owner in the Netherlands has taken the level of idiocy to a whole new extreme.
This video from YouTube user CaSjUs212 shows the owner testing the Autopilot system from the back seat. The test takes place on a stretch of highway where other vehicles including a semi-trailer can be seen and the designated speed is set at 83 kmh (51 mph). Fortunately, the owner manages to get back into the driver’s seat before any mishap occurs.
Tesla’s Autopilot system, while shown to be capable of working autonomously in certain situations, is not bulletproof and can sometimes make mistakes, in which case a driver is required to take control. In fact, the driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car and thus required to keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road and other traffic at all times.