A driver in a Tesla Model S crashed into a parked police SUV in Laguna Beach whilst having the “autopilot” feature turned on. It wasn’t made known what the driver was doing at the point in time. This comes again at another point where people look at Tesla to claim that the term “autopilot” is indeed misleading for their customers.
It is known that Tesla continuously reminds their customers that in “autopilot” mode, both of the driver’s hands must be on the steering wheel. They constantly also remind people that the mode is not a self-driving mode but rather a driver assistance mode. Many warnings are built in the car to warn the driver to pay attention to the road whilst in autopilot mode but it seems that many people still do not keep their attention.
Thankfully, in this case, the officer was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver of the Tesla suffered minor injuries.
This morning a Tesla sedan driving outbound Laguna Canyon Road in “autopilot” collides with a parked @LagunaBeachPD unit. Officer was not in the unit at the time of the crash and minor injuries were sustained to the Tesla driver. #lagunabeach #police #tesla pic.twitter.com/7sAs8VgVQ3
— Laguna Beach PD PIO (@LBPD_PIO_45) 29 May 2018