An underage teen who was driving a Tesla with no driver’s license or the proprietor’s permission received artistic when the automotive was stopped by the police: She determined to leap within the again seat and declare the Tesla was self-driving.

The incident occurred close to Daytona Seaside, Florida, the place a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a Tesla Mannequin Y driving on the improper aspect of the highway.

After the car stopped, it slowly backed up into the police cruiser.

When the deputy walked to the driving force’s window to see what the issue was, he didn’t discover anybody within the driver’s seat.

As an alternative, the police officer discovered a 14-year-old woman and a 15-year-old woman, one within the again seat and one within the entrance passenger seat.

Each ladies claimed that nobody was driving the car and that the Tesla was self-driving.

Whereas Tesla does promote a “Full Self-Driving bundle,” the feature-complete model of the bundle is barely being examined in “Beta model” with a number of thousand automobiles, and it requires somebody within the driver’s seat. The accountability at all times stays with the driving force.

The deputy shortly decided that the teenager ladies had been mendacity to cover the truth that they weren’t imagined to be driving the electrical automotive.

The teenager ladies apparently drove all the way in which from Charleston, South Carolina, greater than 300 miles away, and the mom of the driving force thought that they had been at her grandmother’s.

Sheriff Rick Staly commented on the state of affairs [via the Daytona Beach News-Journal]:

These youngsters are very fortunate that nobody was damage and their actions didn’t have extra critical penalties. It doesn’t matter in case you are driving a ‘sensible automotive,’ driving with no license continues to be in opposition to the legislation. I hope these youngsters have realized a useful lesson and I’m grateful that nobody was damage and solely minimal harm occurred to their car.

The “driver” ended up receiving a quotation for driving with no license and the kids had been left within the Florida Division of Youngsters and Household’s custody for the night time for the reason that dad and mom couldn’t get there instantly.

It’s not the primary time that drivers have tried responsible Tesla’s Autopilot for dangerous or unlawful driving.

In 2018, a drunk driver tried to get out of a DUI by claiming that his Tesla was driving itself.

Tesla’s driver-assist options underneath its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving packages are nonetheless thought-about “stage 2” on the self-driving scale, and they need to at all times be used with full driver consideration and the driving force being able to take management always.

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