Indian-origin man seen in backseat of 'driverless' Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot

25-year-old Param Sharma was seen smiling through the rear window of the moving Tesla car on Autopilot without anyone on the wheels.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 16 Jun 2021, 13:48 PM
25-year-old Paras Sharma seen smiling through the rear window of a moving Tesla car without anyone behind the wheels. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/CHPGoldenGate)
25-year-old Paras Sharma seen smiling through the rear window of a moving Tesla car without anyone behind the wheels. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/CHPGoldenGate)
25-year-old Paras Sharma seen smiling through the rear window of a moving Tesla car without anyone behind the wheels. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/CHPGoldenGate)
25-year-old Paras Sharma seen smiling through the rear window of a moving Tesla car without anyone behind the wheels. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/CHPGoldenGate)

At a time when Tesla is facing scrutiny over its Autopilot system that allows a certain level of autonomous driving, incidents keep cropping up that puts the electric vehicle manufacturer in a spot of bother.

An Indian-origin man was recently photographed in California inside a moving Tesla Model 3, which appears to be in a self-driving mode without any person behind the wheels, has reignited the debate whether Tesla's Autopilot feature can actually be fooled as was claimed by a recent report.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Hyundai Kona Electric (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai Kona Electric
cc | Electric | Automatic
₹23.79 - 23.98 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tesla Model S (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Tesla Model S
Electric | Automatic
₹70 - 1 Cr* *Expected Price
Tesla Model 3 (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Tesla Model 3
Electric | Automatic
₹70 - 90 Lakhs* *Expected Price

25-year-old Param Sharma was seen smiling through the rear window of a moving Tesla car without anyone on the wheels. He was soon arrested by police for alleged reckless driving.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

The California Highway Patrol shared the image on their social media pages with a post that read, "The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has been made aware of an incident involving a man riding in the backseat of a Tesla traveling on Bay Area roadways, with no other person being seated in the driver seat. The CHP received a report of the incident as third-hand information, and it is under investigation."


Despite his arrest, the Indian-origin man maintained that he was not at any fault. He claimed the car has been designed for backseat driving and he will continue to do so.

"It was actually designed to be ridden in the back seat. I feel safer in the back seat than I do in the driver’s seat, and I feel safer with my car on Autopilot, I trust my car Autopilot more than I trust everyone on the road," Sharma said after his arrest. He claimed that he has already done more than 64,000 kms in similar fashion.

"The way where we stand right now, I can launch a self-driving Tesla from Emeryville all the way to downtown San Francisco from the back seat," Sharma added, even as Tesla continue to face scrutiny over its Autopilot feature.

This is not the first time that a Tesla car has been caught on the move without anyone on the wheels. Recently, the California Highway Patrol arrested another person doing similar trick.

Recently, a report claimed that Tesla cars can indeed be driven without anyone sitting behind the wheels. The report, published by Consumer Reports, came days after a 'driverless' Tesla car was involved in a crash in Texas on April 17, killing two people.

First Published Date: 13 May 2021, 12:56 PM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city