A driverless car has been spotted on the streets in Canada and it's kind of creepy
Those walking around Richmond earlier this week were stunned to see a car driving around a parking lot without anyone in the driver's seat.
But this wasn't a car accidentally rolling around on neutral, it was actually a Tesla set to self-driving mode by its owner.
A user-submitted video posted by Richmond News shows a white Tesla driving through a busy parking lot on the wrong side of the road.
The owner of the car, as it turns out, was using a new Tesla feature called Smart Summoning, which allows a car owner to summon their vehicle to wherever they're located using the Tesla mobile app, according to Richmond News.
The owner, however, clearly didn't use the function properly, considering the car drove for at least 50 yards on the wrong side of the road.
The feature became available to Tesla owners in the U.S. earlier this year, and it was rolled out in Canada last month.
According to CTV, B.C. officials have made it clear that driverless features are not yet legal on roads or parking lots. And not only are they not legal for use, but they could also negate a driver's insurance coverage if an accident occurs while using the feature.
ICBC released a statement saying that the incident captured on video by a Richmond News reader - which showed a driverless Tesla coasting on wrong side of the road in Richmond Centre - is not permitted under B.C. laws & owner’s insurance "may not have provided coverage." $TSLAQ https://t.co/kWsEjUEFSD pic.twitter.com/uvKIhIV0FA— Thomas Hansen (@tweetmyinbox) November 6, 2019
According to a CBC article published last month, "Transport Canada has no uniform standards for these technologies."
Still, a ton of vehicles currently on Canada's roads are equipped with these controversial features, and people are sharing their thoughts about them all over social media.
Many seem to be afraid of the futuristic feature, saying it's more dangerous than it is useful.
Just a reminder that the Tesla Full Self-Driving option is not full self-driving but a very expensive ADAS and that Smart Summon is a dangerous gimmick that wastes everybody's time.— Omen Sulk (@OmenSulk) October 30, 2019
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Others like the feature but think it's in need of a few adjustments.
@elonmusk You have a few safety issue with smart summon. The hazard lights need to turn on with a self driving vehicle in a crowded parking lot. More sensors needs to be added to falcon wings. Dangerous potential to lose fingers.— Scoops (@Hittindascoops) October 21, 2019
Whether we like it or not, the idea that self-driving cars will soon revolutionize the way we get around has been said too many times to count.
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