Tesla on autopilot crashes into parked police vehicle

Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser during the crash Tuesday in Laguna Beach. He says the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries

Tesla in Autopilot Mode Crashes into Police Car

"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40,000 people who died in USA auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", Musk said in a tweet in mid-May. The officer wasn't in the vehicle at the time of the incident, according to a tweet by the department.

The driver suffered minor injuries, Cota said.

The driver of a Tesla Inc vehicle crashed into an unoccupied, parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, California, on Tuesday and the driver told investigators the Tesla was in "Autopilot" mode at the time, a police spokesman said. There have been a series of accidents involving Tesla vehicles on autopilot.

A Tesla driver in California was driving in Autopilot mode when the auto slammed into a parked police vehicle, adding to a fast-growing list of recent autopilot-involved accidents. Since March, a driver died when his Model X SUV hit the center divider in Mountain View, Calif., while in Autopilot mode.

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"What's actually wonderful about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60mph (96 kmh) and the driver only broke an ankle".

The lawsuit accused Tesla of selling a technology that is "unusable and dangerous" - the autopilot assisted-driving system. In both cases, Tesla says it can tell from its logs that drivers were either distracted or ignored the car's warnings to take control.

Tesla, in its defence, repeated its previous statements about Autopilot being an assistant rather than a replacement for the human. Drivers are also "continuously reminded" of the need to keep hands on the wheel at all times, the company added. "Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the vehicle impervious to all accidents".

Earlier this month, a vehicle in autopilot mode crashed into a stopped firetruck near Salt Lake City, Utah, injuring two people. The technology "doesn't make the vehicle impervious to all accidents", it said.

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