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Tesla driver banned for taking Autopilot too literally
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Theo
2018-04-29 18:29:08 UTC
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/28/autopilot-driver-who-sat-in-passenger-seat-is-banned-for-18-months

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
months.

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.
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Sylvia Else
2018-04-30 02:08:20 UTC
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/28/autopilot-driver-who-sat-in-passenger-seat-is-banned-for-18-months
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
months.
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.
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Why did he admit anything? Without that admission, could they prove he
was the driver, rather than, say, that the driver had got out? The
latter is unlikely, of course, but it's proof beyond reasonable doubt,
not proof beyond what's unlikely. He should have said nothing and got a
decent lawyer.

Sylvia.
Huge
2018-04-30 08:46:28 UTC
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/28/autopilot-driver-who-sat-in-passenger-seat-is-banned-for-18-months
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
months.
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.
[...]
Why did he admit anything?
Because he was guilty?
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Sylvia Else
2018-04-30 08:51:56 UTC
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/28/autopilot-driver-who-sat-in-passenger-seat-is-banned-for-18-months
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
months.
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.
[...]
Why did he admit anything?
Because he was guilty?
Being guilty is one thing. Wanting to face the consequences is another.

Sylvia.
Marko Rauhamaa
2018-04-30 09:34:02 UTC
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Being guilty is one thing. Wanting to face the consequences is
another.
Ironically, the consequence is he's banned from driving when his offence
was that he wasn't even trying to drive.

Is that the same thing as, "Carry on, sir!"


Marko
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2018-04-30 10:12:15 UTC
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Being guilty is one thing. Wanting to face the consequences is another.
Ironically, the consequence is he's banned from driving when his offence
was that he wasn't even trying to drive.
Is that the same thing as, "Carry on, sir!"
Marko
Its fairly common here (.ie) and in the UK for a person 'one over the
top' to swap with the sober one in the car while the Stasi are walking
up to the drivers window. I think a politican in the UK was sent to jail
when it was discovered.

What do you do if you are the only one in the caar?.
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RS Wood
2018-05-01 11:25:02 UTC
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On Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:34:02 +0300
Post by Marko Rauhamaa
Ironically, the consequence is he's banned from driving when his offence
was that he wasn't even trying to drive.
Is that the same thing as, "Carry on, sir!"
:) Like sentencing a guy to death as punishment for attempted suicide!
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