The owner of Tesla, who started the car’s autopilot, sat in the passenger seat while traveling on the M1 that he could not drive.

A man who turned on the automatic pilot of his car before moving to the pbadenger seat while traveling on a highway has been ejected from driving for 18 months.

Bhavesh Patel, 39, of Alfreton Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 20.

The court heard that at 7:40 pm on May 21, 2017, Patel was driving his white Tesla S 60 along the north road of the M1, between intersections 8 and 9 near Hemel Hempstead.

While the £ 70,000 car was in motion, he chose to turn on the autopilot function of the supercar before moving on to the pbadenger seat and leaving the steering wheel and controls standing completely unmanned.

A witness noted that Patel, who had owned the car for up to five months at the time of the incident, sat in the pbadenger seat of the vehicle.


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