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Tesla in Autopilot Mode Crashes Into Parked Police Car in California

Tesla in Autopilot Mode Crashes Into Parked Police Car in California

The crash comes just weeks after another Tesla, also in Autopilot mode, crashed into a stationary fire truck in Utah.

The driver of a Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Model S crashed into an unoccupied, parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, California, on Tuesday and the driver told investigators the Tesla was in "Autopilot" mode at the time, police said.

Police Sgt. Jim Cota said the officer was not in the vehicle during the crash Tuesday in Laguna Beach.

Cota said the luxury electric vehicle crashed in nearly the same place as another Tesla about a year ago. "Why do these vehicles keep doing that?"

The police department vehicle was empty at the time of the collision, while the driver of the Tesla Model S sustained minor injuries.

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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.

The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, which led to the death of a 38-year-old father of two, Walter Huang. There have been a series of accidents involving Tesla vehicles on autopilot.

Jim Cota told the Los Angeles Times the police auto "is totaled". Since March, a driver died when his Model X SUV hit the center divider in Mountain View, Calif., while in Autopilot mode.

"Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the vehicle impervious to all accidents, and before a driver can use Autopilot, they must accept a dialogue box which states that 'Autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings'".

Tesla's Model S owner's manual warns some Autopilot functions "cannot detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles or objects especially when traveling over 50 miles per hour (80 kph)" and when a vehicle ahead of the driver "moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object is in front of you". Tesla updated Autopilot following that accident.


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