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Self Driving Car Nicked For Being Over .05

A test case in a US Court could have ramifications in Australia after Police stopped a driverless car with much difficulty, now the question is whether the driver who was over 0.5 was actually driving the vehicle.

According to Bloomberg a Tesla Model S on Route 101 between the San Francisco International Airport and Palo Alto caught the attention of police. The vehicle was doing 112 kilometres an hour. What caught there attention was a turn signal blinking, as the vehicle cruised past multiple exits.

The officer pulled up alongside and saw the driver in a head-slumped posture.

Even a big dose of lights and sirens failed to rouse him, it was then that the police officers realised the vehicle was on auto pilot.

When the vehicle was eventually stopped by the police who drove in front of the vehicle and then slowed down hoping that the sensors on the Tesla responded they found a 45-year-old man, who failed a field sobriety test, according to the police.

He has been now been charged with driving under the influence; a trial is scheduled for May.

Bloomberg said that the car, which seems to have navigated about 18 kilometres of night-time highway driving without the aid of a human, may well have saved a drunk driver from harming himself or others. Neither Tesla nor the police, however, are ready for people to begin relying on the technology in this way.

The cops who stopped the Tesla that night had never used the technique before. It’s not part of their training. It just so happened that they knew enough about the Tesla to improvise a response. “That’s great adaptation,” says Lieutenant Saul Jaeger of the nearby Mountain View Police Department.