Being involved in a car accident can bring on some major stress. You have to answer to police, insurance companies, figure out how your going to get around while your car is getting repaired and not to mention back to back doctor visits if you end up with injuries. Crashing into a police vehicle brings on a whole different category of stress, I mean how much bad luck do you have to have to crash into a parked police vehicle? I’m sure that’s what this driver thought yesterday as her Tesla collided with a parked police car in California.
The driver, who suffered minor injuries told the police that she was using the car’s driver assisting autopilot mode. The officer was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Tesla has stated that customers are reminded to “maintain control of the vehicle at all times” meaning that they should not rely solely on this feature to protect them from vehicle accidents. In a statement, it added: “When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel.” At this moment, it is still yet to be confirmed if the Autopilot mode was engaged. According to a police report obtained by the Associated Press, the Tesla accelerated before it hit the vehicle.
Tesla has filled the headlines with tons of accidents related to its Autopilot feature and drivers relying on that feature. The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog responded to Tesla releasing a statement putting the blame on the drivers putting their trust in the Autopilot feature saying it should be “reasonable” for Tesla owners to believe that their car should be able to drive itself on Autopilot. They stated that the name of the feature is deceptive and misleading.
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