2018-04-29 18:29:08 UTC
A driver who was filmed sitting in the passenger seat of his car after
putting the vehicle into autopilot mode has been banned from driving for 18
Bhavesh Patel, 39, was spotted leaning back with his hands behind his head
beside an empty driver’s seat as his Tesla s60 supercar cruised at about
40mph along the M1 motorway near Hemel Hempstead last year.
The driver, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous
driving after admitting he switched seats when he turned on the car’s
autopilot mode, leaving the car’s brakes and steering wheel unmanned.
The driver admitted that the stunt in May last year had been silly, but
insisted that he was simply “the unlucky one who got caught” trying out the
“amazing” feature on the car.