Tesla Model S driver caught on video snoozing while car is on autopilot in heavy traffic

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LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- A driver in California was apparently caught in the act of sleeping behind the wheel.

A 10-second video posted to Facebook shows the situation during heavy traffic.

The driver is in a Tesla Model S, which has an autopilot driving system. The technology is meant to give drivers confidence behind the wheel -- but it still requires them to be alert and ready to take control at any time.

Tesla released this statement about the video to MotorTrend.com: 

“Tesla Autopilot is designed to provide a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable. Autopilot is by far the most advanced such system on the road, but it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility. Since the release of Autopilot, we’ve continuously educated customers on the use of the feature, reminding them that they’re responsible for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot and must be prepared to take control at all times."

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