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Police in California on Friday arrested a 45-year-old man who was spotted by officers cruising in a Tesla Model S down highway 101, fast asleep behind the wheel, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

It’s unclear if the car was in Autopilot mode at the time, but authorities believe that had to be the case, as it took seven minutes, over several kilometres, to successfully stop the Model S.

It's no secret that the Tesla Model S shares a lot of components with other cars, especially when it comes to modules that control various features inside of the cabin. Using parts from cars like the Ford Fusion and the Mercedes E-Class made sense for Tesla's first mainstream sedan outing as a small but growing manufacturer. Yet one of the questions with the Model 3 was whether Tesla would follow the same pattern or use more in-house components.

A truck merges in front of me - definitely closer than the three-car gap I had programmed. My car responds by braking somewhat suddenly. A horn beeps from behind. A small hatchback is riding the rear. It changes lanes, speeds past and continues to weave in between the other vehicles that are going about their business.

The automatic breaking wouldn't be a problem if the driver behind me wasn't driving so close.

I swallowed the Wollongong-shaped urge in my gut to flip him off, and instead reflect on the scenario.

See, I'm about 4 hours into testing Autopilot on a brand new Tesla Model S. And what just happened on the Pacific Highway at 11pm was the problem with the entire system. People are dickheads.

In late March Tesla announced that it was issuing a voluntary recall on some of their Model S cars. The ACCC has just published the recall in Australia, including a note on repairs. But there's just one small problem... new parts aren't available.