Tesla can drive with nobody in the driver’s seat: Consumer Reports


The new Tesla Model Y is introduced. Tesla has expanded its model range to include an SUV based on the current Model 3.

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Consumer Reports said Thursday it took a 2020 Tesla Model Y on a closed test track to see if the electric vehicle could operate on Autopilot, Tesla’s automated driving system, with nobody in the driver’s seat. The product-testing organization found it could “easily get the car to drive even with no one in the driver’s seat.”

Consumer Reports said it tricked Tesla’s system by putting a weighted chain on the wheel and keeping the seat belt buckled on the driver’s seat.

The test follows a fatal 2019 Model S crash in Spring,…


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