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Sleeping in Self-Driving Cars? It’s No Pipe Dream.

HAVE YOU SEEN the video of the guy sound asleep at the wheel of his auto-piloted Tesla Model S? Mile after mile, with his head back, mouth open like he’s having his teeth cleaned. I envy him.

I’ve never been able to sleep in a moving motor vehicle—far as I can tell, no one really does. “It depends on your definition of sleep,” wrote Dr. Robert Pascuzzi, Chair of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. “Not all sleep is the same and if you can’t get slow-wave sleep then it’s basically sleep deprivation.”

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