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Tesla Drivers Fall Asleep after Tricking Autopilot

• By Jessica Mile

Tesla drivers are falling asleep at the wheel while their cars are on autopilot.

A recent spate of incidents have caught several drivers in California taking a nap while driving on major roads. While the videos are alarming, people have been falling asleep while driving, well before autopilot arrived.

Autopilot and other driver assist features from automakers like Volvo require the driver to have their hands on the steering wheel at all times, however.

It seems the sleepy Tesla owners are getting around this by using a 'Autopilot nag' or a device that tricks the system into thinking there is pressure on the car's wheel.