The California Highway Patrol, which conducted the arrest, summed up rather aptly how squishy this situation is. CHP Public Information Officer Art Montiel told the Mountain View Voice that police suspect Autopilot was engaged at the time, and reiterated a similar point that Tesla drivers are told to always pay attention to the road when using the system.


“It’s great that we have this technology; however, we need to remind people that ... even though this technology is available,” Montiel told the news outlet, “they need to make sure they know they are responsible for maintaining control of the vehicle.”