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SEE IT: Tesla driver caught sleeping behind the wheel on Massachusetts Turnpike

2019-09-09

A motorist got quite the surprise Sunday when he noticed the driver and passenger in the car next to him on the Massachusetts Turnpike were asleep as the car barreled down the road.

Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it).

Teslas are sick, I guess? pic.twitter.com/ARSpj1rbVn

Dakota Randall told NBC10 Boston the incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Sunday near the Turnpike’s Exit 17.

"I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can’t be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep,” Randall said. “It seemed like he had his cruise control on around like 55-60 miles per hour.”

Randall said he honked a few times to try and wake the driver up, but was unsuccessful. After about a minute, he sped up to leave the Tesla behind.

He posted video of the scene on Twitter and the video has already been viewed more than 500 times.

“Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it),” he wrote on Twitter. “Teslas are sick, I guess?”

Randall said the encounter is giving him second thoughts about self-driving cars.

“I’m never going to look at one the same,” he said. “I’m always going to look to see if somebody’s asleep.”

Tesla says its Autopilot feature is designed to get cars from on-ramp to exit — with a fully attentive driver whose hands are on the wheel at all times.

Massachusetts state police told NBC10 Boston they were aware of the video.