Reckless Tesla driver 'caught SLEEPING at 93mph with seat fully reclined in hands-free autopilot mode'

A DRIVER and passenger have been nabbed by cops in Canada after allegedly speeding at over 140kph (90mph) while sleeping.

Police said the unnamed daredevils had the front seats of their Tesla Model S reclined and were napping while the car appeared to steer itself on autopilot mode.

Tesla's self-driving software uses artificial intelligence to steer and and brake for you but requires users to have their hands on the wheel at all times in case of emergency.

Cops in Alberta, Canada, said they were tipped off to the stunt by concerned drivers who spotted that the car was cruising with both seats reclined.

“We received a complaint of a car speeding on Highway 2 near Ponoka," the official RCMP Alberta Twitter account wrote on Thursday.

“The car appeared to be self-driving, travelling over 140 km/h with both front seats completely reclined & occupants appeared to be asleep.

“The driver received a dangerous driving charge and summons for court.”

Police say the car sped up to 150kph (93mph) when they flicked the blue lights on.

The Tesla was pulled over before the 20-year-old man who was driving was arrested for speeding.

The man from British Columbia had his license suspended for 24 hours for for fatigue.

He is due to appear in court in December.

"Although manufacturers of new vehicles have built-in safeguards to prevent drivers from taking advantage of the new safety systems in vehicles, those systems are just that -supplemental safety systems," RCMP traffic services Superintendent Gary Graham said in a statement.

"They are not self-driving systems, they still come with the responsibility of driving."

Twitter users reacted in shock to the RCMP post.

"Some people act like they have a spare life stored in some vault," one bemused user wrote.

Another joked: "The future is now… the future is stupid."

It's not the first time a Tesla driver has landed themselves in hot water over dangerous use of the autopilot function.

Last month, a Tesla driver in North Carolina smashed his vehicle into a police car after allegedly watching a movie while his car was on autopilot.

Who is Elon Musk?

Here’s what you need to know…

Controversial billionaire Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971.

As a 12-year-old child he taught himself computer programming and sold the code of a video game to a PC magazine for $500 (£300).

At 17, he moved to Canada to study, before gaining two degrees in physics and business at the University of Pennsylvania.

At the age of 24 he moved to California to start a Ph.D. in applied physics and material science at Stanford University – but left the programme after just two days to pursue other projects.

Now 49, he is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of Opan AI, co-founder of Zip2 and founder of, which merged with PayPal.

He's also working on a human brain chip project called Neuralink.

Musk's stated aim is to reduce global warming and save humans from extinction by setting up a colony on Mars.

The billionaire inventor is also working on the world's largest lithium-ion battery to store renewable energy.

In other news, Musk revealed last week that he plans to send humans to Mars in 2024 with his rocket company SpaceX.

The South African is now worth $100billion, making him the fourth richest person in the world.

And, Billionaire Sir Richard Branson will rocket into space aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship next year, the company has announced.

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