jjeff wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:44 am
I know very little of Tesla's autopilot but I can't believe the car didn't have some sort of feature that would turn it off if there was no weight in the drivers seat? and I also can't imagine how anyone could move from the drivers seat to any other seat, especially when the vehicle was in motion. Heck, I have a hard time just getting out of the drivers seat of a Tesla let alone moving to the passenger seat! ahh to be young(and dumb!) again
I must say when I first read this I was wondering if it was some new club akin to the mile-hile club, the 70mph club
but if one person was in the front and one back, that wouldn't make sense.........
By multiple mechanisms, jlv meant:
- pre-buckled the seat-belts under you, because you planned on leaving the seats in the first place.
- left a weight under you to trick the seat sensors
- started from a part of the street that had lane markings (because AP won't engage where there isn't clear lane markings even though it'll stay engaged when the markings disappear)
- and kept the accelerator down to override the surface streets speed restriction, while you're sitting in the passenger seat.
Frankly, it's only the news media (and those who have an ax to grind) who thinks this is autopilot related. Anyone who knows how A/P works automatically assumed it was a drunk driver who fled the scene.