Tesla Model S Hits Police SUV With Autopilot Mode Allegedly Engaged

Tesla Model S Hits Police SUV With Autopilot Mode Allegedly Engaged

Tesla Model S Hits Police SUV With Autopilot Mode Allegedly Engaged

A Tesla in autopilot mode crashed into a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, Calif. Tuesday, says AP.

Police have not released many details on the crash, but did say the Tesla driver sustained minor injuries and that the patrol auto was parked and unoccupied at the time. There were two injuries. The driver, he said, also pointed to the Autopilot system as being engaged.

A Tesla sedan running in its autopilot mode crashed into a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, California on Tuesday, per the Associated Press, resulting in "minor injuries" to the driver. A Model X on Autopilot crashed into a highway divider in March, killing the driver.

On Friday, Tesla agreed to settlement of a class-action lawsuit that calls for payments to customers around the world. In an April interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Autopilot will never be ideal and drivers need to remain alert while driving.

Tesla issued an upgrade in 2016, which cost customers $5,000.

Autopilot is a semi-autonomous technology that the company says is a form of advanced cruise control.

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The driverless feature comes packaged as standard in all Tesla vehicles, which the automaker's website describes as having "the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver". In a statement to USA Today, the manufacturer wrote, "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".

The chief executive of Tesla, Elon Musk, has previously complained abut media attention on Tesla crashes.

On May 11, a Model S crashed into a fire department vehicle in Utah.

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

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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