Tesla on autopilot crashes into parked police vehicle

30 May, 2018, 16:33 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Tesla Autopilot crash in Laguna Beach

Police in a Southern California coastal town said that a Tesla in autonomous mode hit a patrol vehicle parked on the side of a road on Tuesday.

The driver told police the auto was operating on autopilot at the time of the crash.

Cota says the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries.

A Tesla driver claims her Model S was in Autopilot mode when it crashed.

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"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times", a Tesla representative told Business Insider.

Tesla's Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that enables vehicles to drive themselves in certain conditions.

The police cruiser, owned by the Laguna Beach Police Department, was apparently "totaled" by the incident, as reported by the Los Angeles Times - though the officer in charge of the cruiser was not inside at the time.

"Human error behind the wheel has been replaced with human error behind keyboard".

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Tesla founder Elon Musk complained about the press coverage Tesla crashes are receiving earlier this month. In January, a Model S slammed into the back of a fire truck parked on a freeway in Culver City at an accident scene. Tesla did previously argue that Autopilot functions improve safety but just last week settled a class action lawsuit arguing that the system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably unsafe". Tesla updated Autopilot following that accident. A Model X on Autopilot crashed into a highway divider in March, killing the driver.

Though engineers say that self-driving cars are likely going to be safer than human-piloted ones - humans are in the aggregate very unsafe drivers - there's something about either the concept or the companies developing them that seems to send up red flags in the minds of the public.

A Greek police official said on Tuesday that no other vehicle was involved in the Friday-night accident in northern Greece and no one was injured.

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