Tesla Model 3 On Autopilot Hits Yet Another Police Vehicle - Why Won't They Stop?
Yet another Tesla on Autopilot has crashed at full-speed into the back of yet another first responder's vehicle. Tesla cars seem to have an affinity for finding and smashing into police cars and fire trucks stopped doing their work on our roadways. Why can't Tesla, who claims to be about to release a "full-self-driving" version of its driver-assist technology, make it stop?
The Latest Tesla On Autopilot Crash
The latest crash comes this week. Police stopped to assist a stranded motorist on the highway. Not only did police have their emergency lights flashing, but they also had used road flares to signal to alert motorists than they should slow down and proceed with caution.
Related Story From 2018: Another Tesla On Autopilot Hits Another PoliceVehicle - You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Police say that an inattentive driver in a Tesla Model 3 using Autopilot, Tesla's "self-driving" driver-assist system then slammed into their patrol car. And the Tesla then kept on driving. Connecticut State Police report that after the crash, "The operator of the Tesla continued to slowly travel northbound before being stopped several hundred feet ahead by the second Trooper on scene."
Police say that the driver admitted to using the Autopilot system at the time of the crash and that the driver was not paying attention to the road, but relying on the Tesla system to keep himself, police, and other motorists safe.
Tesla History Of Autopilot Crashes
Tesla's Autopilot has been in control of Tesla automobiles during numerous crashes, with multiple fatalities. Tesla claims that drivers are supposed to remain in control with hands on the wheel at all times. However, Elon Musk himself has been videotaped not doing so, as has his (former) wife.
In addition to the fatal crashes where Model S and Model X cars have crashed on Autopilot killing the occupants of the Tesla vehicles, Tesla vehicles on Autopilot have crashed into the back of numerous fire trucks and at least two police vehicles.
Another Lucky First Responder
Tesla's Autopilot system has yet to kill an officer, AMT, or firefighter on duty, but it seems like it is just a matter of time with so many past crashes of this type. Connecticut State Police say with regard to this latest crash, "Fortunately, no one involved was seriously injured, but it is apparent that this incident could have been more severe."
The occupant in the Tesla operating on Autopilot was issued a misdemeanor summons for Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment according to police.
Torque News has reported on Tesla Autopilot crashes and deaths since 2016. Here is a list of related stories:
- (August 2018) Third Tesla Crashes Into Back of Firetruck - That's Four Crashes Into Emergency Vehicles This Year
- (January) Tesla Police Blotter News - Tesla Driver Hits Parked Firetruck - Blames Autopilot
- Second Tesla Model S Slams Into the Back Of Firetruck - Occupant Says Car Was In Autopilot Mode
- Report: Model X In Latest Tesla Autopilot Death Accelerated And Steered Into Barrier
- Another Tesla On Autopilot Hits Another Emergency Vehicle - You Can't Make This Stuff Up
- "Stop This Nonsense": Tesla's Autopilot and Its Problems With Stationary Object Detection
- NTSB Report Eerily Predicts Tesla Model X Autopilot Fatality 6 Months In Advance
- Tesla Tries To Address Autopilot's Fatal Flaw Ahead of Full Self Driving Update
You can view additional images and read additional facts about this latest Autopilot crash at the CT State Police Facebook Page.
In addition to covering green vehicle topics, John Goreham covers safety, technology, and new vehicle news at Torque News. You can follow John on Twitter at @johngoreham.