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Tesla Car Crashes Into Police Cruiser While in Autopilot


The driver of a Tesla Model S claims his vehicle crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach, California on Tuesday while in autopilot mode. The incident is the latest in a series of accidents involving self-driving vehicles.

Details of the Tesla Autopilot Crash

According to the Los Angeles Times, the crash occurred around 11:07 am at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road. The officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash, and the vehicle was parked along the curb in a marked parking space.

The driver of the vehicle suffered only minor injuries and refused transportation to the hospital.

The area was the sight of another Tesla crash about a year ago when a Tesla vehicle ran into a semi-truck.

Other Autopilot Crashes Remain Under Investigation

Tesla has been in the news a lot lately, much to the dismay of Elon Musk the chief executive who boasts that the Tesla vehicles are some of the safest in the industry. Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent an investigative team to South Jordan, Utah to investigate a crash that happened while the driver was also using the Tesla autopilot feature.

Police in Utah said data from the Tesla vehicle showed that the driver enabled autopilot about 1 minute and 22 seconds before the crash. The report said she took her hands off the steering wheel “within two seconds” of engaging the system and then did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds, until the crash happened.

The NHTSA, have also been investigating a fatal crash that took place in March where a Tesla Model X struck a highway divider while in autopilot mode. They are also looking into another crash that took place in January where a Tesla vehicle struck a parked fire truck while using the autopilot feature.

In addition to these crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into four other crashes, that occurred last year, including three that are under review by the NHTSA.

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