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Tesla In Autopilot Mode Crashes Into Police Car In SoCal

30 May, 2018, 16:32 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Tesla Autopilot crash in Laguna Beach

A Tesla in autopilot mode created yet more unfortunate headlines for the company when it slammed into a police cruiser in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Greek police said the driver of a Tesla Model 3 blamed a malfunction in the car's autopilot feature for a crash in a highway in northern Greece last week.

The crash has similarities to other incidents, including a fatal crash in Florida where the driver's "over-reliance on vehicle automation" was determined as a probable cause.

Cota also said that a year ago, there had been another incident involving a Tesla colliding with a semi-truck in the same area.

Tesla says it's warned drivers NOT to rely on the system and to remain alert while it's engaged.

The California crash is the latest example of semi-autonomous vehicles struggling to detect stationary objects.

Police understand the Tesla was initially travelling at 55 miles per hour (89 kph) to match the speed of another vehicle that may have changed lane, according to a report seen by Associated Press.

This is not the first time a Tesla has crashed while in Autopilot mode.

In March, a driver was killed when a Model X with the autopilot mode engaged hit a barrier while traveling at "freeway speed" in California.


According to local media, police said the woman at the wheel of the auto claimed it was in a self-driving mode and that her attention was on her phone.

At the time of the collision, no cops were in the vehicle. "Waymo decided not to do this at all". The victim, a father of two and an engineer at Apple, was driving in Autopilot at the time, authorities said.

Tesla has repeatedly emphasised that the autopilot system is only meant to assist, not replace, an alert human driver, and requires drivers to agree that they understand how to use it before it can be activated.

The news comes after two U.S. rights groups urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla over its marketing of the assisted driving software.

The scene of the accident involving a Tesla vehicle running in autopilot mode in Laguna Beach, California on May 29th, 2018.

It called the naming of the Autopilot "deceptive and misleading".

Elon Musk's tetchy mood of late is unlikely to be lightened by the latest report of a Tesla crash. He tweeted: "It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in USA auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage".

Tesla, in its defence, repeated its previous statements about Autopilot being an assistant rather than a replacement for the human.

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