Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into California police car

30 May, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • Authorities say a Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode has crashed into a parked police cruiser in Laguna Beach Southern California

The Laguna Beach, California, police department said Tuesday a sedan made by the electric-car maker was in Autopilot mode when it crashed into one of its cruisers.

The Model S crash happened in Laguna Beach, CA on Tuesday and resulted in minor injuries to the Tesla driver.

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

The incident comes mere weeks after a new transport bill came into effect across California that eased restrictions on driverless cars, legally permitting the vehicles to be controlled remotely without a driver behind the wheel - at a time when public trust in such vehicles is waning.

A Tesla also rammed into a fire truck on the scene of an accident in Culver City, Calif.in January, with the driver telling authorities that the vehicle was on autopilot at the time.

A 28-year-old Utah woman was driving in Autopilot earlier this month when she slammed her Tesla Model S into the back of a stopped fire truck while cruising at about 60 miles per hour, police said. The driver, Walter Huang, died after being taken to the hospital.

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

The driver of the crashed Model 3, You You Xue, voiced his concerns about Autopilot on Facebook.

But consumer watchdog groups say Tesla's use of the word "autopilot" in its branding and marketing is misleading. The company describes it as being a "driver assistance system".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who issued a scathing attack on media credibility yesterday, has been vocal against those who criticize Tesla cars, despite growing concern about their safety. The technology "doesn't make the auto impervious to all accidents", it said.

The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog said it should be "reasonable" for Tesla owners to believe that their vehicle should be able to drive itself on Autopilot.

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