‘A legal first’: B.C. man accused of dangerous driving for sleeping in self-driving, speeding Tesla

In what Canadian legal experts are calling an unprecedented case, a B.C. man has been charged with dangerous driving in Alberta after he was allegedly caught sleeping in a self-driving Tesla as it sped south on Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary this past summer.

Court records indicate Leran Cai, 20, had a first court appearance in Ponoka Provincial Court on Dec. 11.

On top of the criminal charge, Cai is accused of speeding and RCMP said he also received a 24-hour licence suspension for fatigue in connection with the alleged July 9 incident, in which drivers and police noticed a 2019 Tesla Model S operating with no driver in sight.