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Driver who switched on his Tesla's autopilot and sat in passenger seat on busy motorway banned

A man was 'driving' on a busy motorway, using his car's autopilot function has been banned from driving for 18 months. Bhavesh Patel, 39, was driving his Tesla S 60 last year when he switched on the supercar’s autopilot function and moved across to the passenger seat, leaving the steering wheel and foot controls completely unmanned. A witness noticed no one was seen in the driver’s seat and Patel appeared to have his hands behind his head. Investigating officer PC Kirk Caldicutt, from the BCH Policing Unit, said: "He not only endangered his own life but the lives of other innocent people using the motorway on that day." "I want to stress that [smart cars] are in no way a substitute for a competent motorist in the driving seat who can react appropriately to the road ahead." Tesla said that drivers should "never depend on TACC to adequately slow down model S, always watch the road in front of you and be prepared to take corrective action at all times. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death". Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary via SWNS Tommy Lumby