A British court issued a verdict in the case of dangerous driving involving autopilot electric car Tesla Model S 60. The driver of the vehicle Bhavesh Patel lost his driver’s license for a period of 18 months and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and pay court costs in the amount of 1800 pounds (~150 thousand rubles).
The incident occurred in may last year on the highway M1 near the town of St Albans. The participant of traffic is captured on video, as the electric Tesla Model S 60 without a driver is moving at a speed of 64 km/h on the highway. At this time, the 39-year-old Patel was in the passenger seat. The video was on YouTube, and then a stuntman was interested in law enforcement.
The autopilot in the Tesla is advanced cruise control. Its activation does not relieve the driver of responsibility to monitor the situation on the road. Periodically the system will require the driver to bring the hands back on the wheel.
However, some electric vehicle drivers ignore all warning from Tesla with the autopilot doing various tricks. For example, Tesla Model S P85D running orange.