Police use Tesla's autopilot to stop the car after drunk driver passes out

Originally published at: Police use Tesla's autopilot to stop the car after drunk driver passes out | Boing Boing

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That’s awesome for the tech, and I’m glad it worked…

but if her husband was driving behind her and knew she was drunk then why driving at all???

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Maybe she took off and he was following her, trying to get her to stop?

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Yeah maybe something like that but damn…

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Agreed. WTF?

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Deliberately got drunk, deliberately got into the vehicle, and deliberately put it on autopilot, but sure, accidents happen.

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My only surprise is that the Po Po didn’t shoot out one of the tires.

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And the husband was driving in another car behind her rather than driving her home, and pick up the car later.

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What does “TC’ing into the right shoulder wall” mean?

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it means that the car ran into the right shoulder wall and started running up large repair bills.

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I was under the impression that Tesla cars insist on having the driver keep hands on the steering wheel and the camera inside the rear-view mirror was also used to make certain the driver was paying attention or it would stop on its own. Is that not true?

Clearly not.

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One presumes that if a consortium of highway and traffic police/constabulary came together to reasonably demand of Tesla/Musk to provide a wireless override of their "autopilot"ed vehicles they’d flatly refuse due to loss of sales on account of client fears of state conspiracy/hackers? (“Why do you ask questions which you already know the answer to?” …hm, i don’t know the answer to that question)

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My money is on “He was drunk too and thought it was a good idea at the time.” But who knows. :confused:

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Remote control of a self driving car is the new icicle murder weapon.

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winona-thats-good-point

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Yep. Any technology that can be used by the police can also be used by criminals.

(But I repeat myself.)

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Yeah. It pisses me off that I can predict the skin color of the driver based on that.

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Roger That

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It’s a good thing they put a police car in front rather than a fire truck, though I guess that would also be a valid way to stop a Tesla running in Autopilot.