Asleep at the wheel

There are some amazing developments in transport and travel that are happening now and will continue to occur in the near future. One of the most significant changes is the development of driverless cars. While we are still on the verge of realising driverless cars, we do have self-driving cars.


Read the report below about some of the problems happening with self-driving cars and answer the questions with NO MORE than TWO WORDS and/or A NUMBER.


  1. What was the Canadian man doing in his moving car?

  2. What led the police to investigate the vehicle?

  3. Who was asleep in the vehicle?

  4. What did the car do when the police flashed their lights?

  5. What is the maximum speed permitted on the Canadian highways?

  6. Which company developed the prototypes of self-driving vehicles?

  7. What feature of self-driving cars is being investigated by authorities in US?

 

Police have charged a Canadian man with speeding and dangerous driving after he was found sleeping at the wheel of his self-driving car as it travelled at 150km/h down a highway in the province of Alberta.


Announcing the charges on Thursday, the police said that on 9 July 2020, they received a complaint that a vehicle was speeding on the highway near the town of Ponoka. “The car appeared to be self-driving, traveling over 140km/h, with both front seats completely reclined and both occupants appearing to be asleep,” the police said in a statement.


After the police flashed their lights, however, the Tesla electric vehicle reportedly sped up to “exactly” 150km/h, according to police. The speed limit on Canada’s highway network is 110km/h.


The driver, a 20-year-old man was charged with speeding and given a 24-hour license suspension for driving while fatigued. The province also decided to charge the driver with dangerous driving, and he is due to appear in court in December.


The proliferation of self-driving vehicles, pioneered by the electric car company Tesla, has posed a challenge for regulators trying to determine the safety and effectiveness of the on-board systems.


In January, an Ontario driver was charged with reckless driving after officers spotted him flossing his teeth, using both hands, as his vehicle sped along the highway at 135 km/h.

Two months earlier a Tesla vehicle was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road – without a driver. And in the United States, officials are investigating a number of fatal crashes involving the autopilot function, including one in which the driver was using the feature to play on his phone.


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