Tesla in Autopilot Mode Crashes Into Parked Police Car in California

Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into parked Laguna Beach police cruiser

A Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode struck a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle Tuesday morning

The man in the Tesla suffered "minor injuries" while the police officer who owned the police auto wasn't in the vehicle at the time.

Tesla repeats time and time again that it's autopilot mode is not driverless functionality under a different name.

According to Cota, a Tesla on autopilot crashed into a semi-truck at the same location last April.

A Tesla sedan in autopilot mode crashed into a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, police said.

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That crash came just two months after a Bay Area man died when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier, according to ABC California station KABC.

On Friday, Tesla agreed to settlement of a class-action lawsuit that calls for payments to customers around the world.

Tesla, asked about the accident, noted that drivers are not supposed to rely exclusively on Autopilot.

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

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Tesla, in its defence, repeated its previous statements about Autopilot being an assistant rather than a replacement for the human.

"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", a Tesla representative told Business Insider.

The crash has similarities to other incidents, including a fatal crash in Florida where the driver's "over-reliance on vehicle automation" was determined as a probable cause.

In April, Bloomberg reported that safety advocates were becoming increasingly sceptical of Tesla's claims that autopilot mode reduced crashes by 40 per cent, saying the company was misrepresenting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that itself was not fully released to the public. A Tesla driving in Autopilot hit a stationary fire engine in Utah in May. The agency is also probing the January crash of a Tesla vehicle apparently traveling in Autopilot that struck a parked fire truck.

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