If you’ve seen the Netflix movie Bird Box, you know that the underlying premise is that the characters need to be blindfolded in order to avoid death-causing visions that are being cooked up by an unseen evil force. So, yeah, pretty outlandish, even by most movie standards.
But, because it’s 2019 and we can’t have nice things, this flick starring Sandra Bullock spawned the “Bird Box Challenge,” in which folks attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded. Despite Netflix’s warnings that trying the challenge is a surefire way to end up in the hospital, people are still doing it. Because of course they are.
For one of the latest and most egregious “Bird Box Challenge” attempts, a Tesla Model 3 driver is shown pushing the car up to 70 MPH while driving with a blindfold tied over his eyes. Like an absolute maniac.
While the driver is using Tesla’s Autopilot — which employs eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a forward-facing radar — it’s important to note that the feature isn’t as foolproof as some people might be led to believe.
Per The Drive:
One important note on why this act was dangerous is that Autopilot is a semi-autonomous driving aid (at best). Per Tesla’s instruction and rulings on Autopilot’s limitations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver must remain in control of the vehicle at all times, which includes keeping their hands on the steering wheel.
The Model 3’s 15-inch touchscreen can be seen alerting the driver to place their hands back onto the wheel. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly rejected safeguards such as eye tracking which may have prevented this misuse of Autopilot.
This should go without saying, but here’s a pro tip for all you would-be limit pushers out there: driving with a blindfold on is never EVER a good idea.