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Police fine Malaysian influencer’s boyfriend for sleeping while driving on highway with ‘autopilot’

According to a report by Chewing everydayThe Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will detain and fine the boyfriend of local influencer Gatita Yan, Tay Wee Shen, for dozing off after booking a bmw ix on “autopilot” while driving on the highway.

In a series of Instagram stories posted on March 28, 2023, Yan showed off a photo of his boyfriend sleeping soundly in the driver’s seat, hands and feet away from the steering wheel and pedals. The posts were later deleted but not before they were reported to authorities who are now hunting for the driver.

Police chief Perak Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri told the daily that drivers are allowed to use the autopilot system in their cars, but they must be alert and ready to take control for their own safety.

Previously, the police announced that they had banned motorists from using the autopilot to hands-free driving in Malaysia. This is after a video of a Tesla Model 3 owner demonstrating the functionality of his car’s Autopilot system by driving some parts hands-free from Singapore to Penang went viral.

At the time, Bukit Aman assistant director of traffic enforcement and investigation, Dr Bakri Zainal Abidin, said: “From the point of view of the PDRM, Malaysia currently has no rules or laws against the driving system. automatic, but these systems don’t help the driver concentrate fully on driving – the system can’t even be sure if a driver is in the car.”

“This can cause drivers to pay less attention to the traffic around them, and instead spend time on other distracting things, such as using a mobile phone while driving,” says Bakri. drive”. autonomous vehicles, although automakers and tech companies are testing such vehicles in the country (with the necessary licenses, of course).

The “autonomous driving” feature on some cars today, typically a semi-autonomous driving feature, is rated at SAE 2, this feature still requires the driver to be fully focused and ready to receive when driving. requested. Even Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta)despite marketing, still only a SAE Level 2 driver support feature.


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