Footage appears to show a Tesla driver and a passenger asleep in front of the wheel

An onlooker recorded the scene at around 3 pm in Newtown, Massachusetts. Despite beeping his horn neither of the pair woke up. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, has repeatedly warned drivers against sleeping at the wheel of cars fitted with the Autopilot system. Tesla says on the Autopilot feature: “Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time. While Autopilot is designed to become more capable over time, in its current form, it is not a self-driving system, it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and it does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility.”

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