A Tesla car, on autopilot, hit a police car in Michigan



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A Tesla car that was left on autopilot hit a police car in the USA. Police said there was nobody injured in the impact.

The accident took place on March 17 in the American state of Michigan. The crash occurred in Eaton County, located about 100 miles northwest of Detroit.

The accident happened on a Wednesday night, around 1:12 a.m., near Waverly Road, in Lansing.

The police car was parked partially sitting in the right lane of a highway with its emergency lights on.

At that time, the police were investigating another accident, a crash between a deer and a different vehicle.

The Tesla car was on the autopilot setting and the car's system didn't see the police car. So, the Tesla car crashed right into the police car.

The Tesla was a Model Y.

The driver was a 22- years old person. The driver told the police that the vehicle was on autopilot. But the story doesn't end here.

Apparently, the 22-year-old was driving with a suspended license, so a summons was issued in this case.


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Fortunately, the police said no one was injured at the time of the impact.

In the Wednesday crash, a driver in a Tesla who said it was on Autopilot struck an officer’s blue Dodge Charger sedan as troopers were investigating a crash between a deer and a different vehicle at 1:12 a.m., according to a post by the Michigan State Police on Twitter. The police car was parked and partially sitting in the right lane of a highway with its emergency lights on, Lt. Brian Oleksyk
Consistent with NHTSA’s vigilant oversight and robust authority over the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, including automated technologies, we have launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the crash.”

Tesla is known for its autopilot function. Autopilot is Tesla’s driver assistance system that comes with all of its newer models.

Tesla autopilot doesn't mean that the car can fully drive itself. It still needs assistance.

Tesla says that the autopilot function does not make Tesla vehicles safe for driving without a driver at the wheel.

On Tesla's website it is said that when the autopilot is activated, it requires “active driver supervision”.

So it very possible for the car to crash into something. The driver needs to pay attention to the road as much as it does when the autopilot is not on.

So even if the driver wouldn't have a suspended license, it still would it be the driver's fault.

Tesla is trying to prevent accidents like this from happening. When the autopilot is activated, the Tesla system requires the driver to touch the wheel from time to time to make sure he is awake and alert.

But that doesn't seem to be enough. Some drivers may even get behind the wheel, fool the system and sit on the phone or do other things that prevent them from paying attention to the road.

This is not the only accident of its kind. Many drivers have put Tesla on autopilot, did not pay attention to the road, and crashed into something.


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Do you have a Tesla?

What do you think about drivers who have 100% confidence that their Tesla cars can drive without assistance, without you being careful?

What method do you think Tesla should apply to prevent such events from happening again? How could Tesla make drivers understand that Tesla autopilot needs active driver assistance?

Maybe if people see in the media news about other drivers that crashed because they didn't pay attention when their Tesla was on autopilot, they will understand the gravity of the situation.



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