British Tesla driver banned after caught in the passenger seat while Autopilot was engaged

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  1. Calliers

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    A British driver has pled guilty to dangerous driving after a fellow driver took video of him sitting in the passenger seat, while his Tesla S 60 drove on its own with Autopilot, according to BBC News (via Jalopnik).

    Bhavesh Patel was spotted by a fellow driver sitting in the passenger seat while his Autopilot was engaged on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead on May 21st, 2017. The Hertfordshire Police note that the car was set to drive at 40 MPH, and that Patel had left the steering wheel and controls unattended, and that there was heavy traffic on the road at the time of the incident.

    Patel has pled guilty to the offense, and has been banned from driving for 18 months, and will be required to pay a £1,800 fine, carry out 10 days rehabilitation, and to perform 100 hours of community service. Hertfordshire Police officers testified at his court hearing that he said that what he did was “silly,” but pointed to his vehicle’s “amazing” features when he was interviewed. He reportedly had owned the car for five months at the time of the incident.


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    what a tool :rolleyes:
     
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    Should lose his license permanently....
     
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    He probably had a good liar.
     
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    it’s damn near impossible to permanently lose your license in this country.
    you can get banned for years, or decades, but to completely lose the thing pretty much never happens.

    edit: case in point, I just happen to have come across this reading through the news. 5 years in jail, but only 7 1/2 year driving ban
     
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