It seems the Autopilot system from Tesla has made driving so unnecessary for some car owners that they even found time to play Pokemon GO.
That is exactly what Tesla driver Gary Zhou has shown in a recent video. Pokémon GO is a new game that challenges users to catch a number of Pokémon while they are out and about.
For Zhou, he thought it would be fun to catch Pokémon while his Tesla is running on Autopilot. In fact, he had kept both hands off the wheel as he played on his smartphone, his car moving through the I-95 near Washington, D.C.
Although Zhou has already taken down the video, Jalopnik managed to note some of Zhou’s declarations as he kept playing the game while his car ran on Autopilot. For one thing, he remarked that the Autopilot system “works pretty much 100 percent autonomous” when it comes to bumper to bumper traffic so long as you don’t need to do any lane changes.
“It’s fantastic for catching Pokémon on the Go,” Zhou added.
On thing that Zhou also pointed out is that the Tesla Autopilot system allows you to keep both hands completely off the steering wheel without activating alarms in certain conditions. Zhou said that is because there is a “cutoff” when it comes to the speed you’re driving at.
“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,” explained Zhou.
According to a report from hybridCars, Tesla has announced that kids shouldn’t try what Zhou has just done.