A Tesla Model S, which the driver says was in Autopilot mode at the time, crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach, California. The police car was unoccupied and the driver of the Tesla suffered minor injuries.
Photos of the incident were captured by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
On Tesla’s website, the company describes the Tesla Model S as having “the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.”
However, as is the company’s standard practice after a crash of this sort, it also issued a press statement saying that “Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn’t make the car impervious to all accidents.”
Multiple Autopilot incidents this year, including a crash with a fire truck and drivers trying to use the technology to get out of DUIs, have put the tech under increasing scrutiny. Federal investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have gone to Utah to gain a better understanding of the circumstances leading to a crash involving Autopilot from May.
While Tesla’s incidents have garnered negative press, no incident has been as damaging to reputation of self-driving cars as Uber’s fatal self-driving accident in Arizona. Self-driving cars clearly have some work to do.
Previously Published By: Popular Mechanics USA