Tesla Model X Driver Shows How Autopilot Lets Him Play Pokemon Go While He Drives


A Tesla Model X driver has posted a video showing other people how to play Pokemon Go while using Autopilot in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The video taken on one of the most traveled highways in the U.S. – I-95 northbound nearing Washington, D.C. – comes two-and-a-half months after a man in Florida died while reports say he may have been watching a Harry Potter DVD when his Tesla running on Autopilot careened into a truck. Tesla is making updates to its Autopilot system, but automaker has adamantly said users assume all risk, and must agree to terms and conditions, which include keeping hands on the steering wheel (and presumably actually paying attention to the act of driving).

ALSO SEE: Tesla Working to Improve AutoPilot Safety

“For those of you who are not too familiar with some of the dynamics in Autopilot, one of the things I’ve noticed, I’m not sure exactly what the cutoff is, but I believe under 45 or 40 mph – as long as there’s a good amount of surroundings and clear lane markers as you can see here – it will never ask you to kind of, remind you to put your hands back on the steering wheel,” said Gary Zhou in the video as he traveled from North Carolina toward Pennsylvania. “So, in essence Autopilot works pretty much 100-percent fully autonomous in bumper-to-bumper traffic, minus, of course, lane changes and things like that, and again, it’s fantastic for catching Pokémon on the go.”

Numerous collisions and injuries have been caused by people playing Pokemon while driving even though the game has only been out for about two weeks, and the number of people who die because of distracted driving is still far too high.

Watch his video below, but PLEASE don’t Pokemon and drive:

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