Tesla Model 3 hits parked police car
Occurred: August 2021
A Tesla Model 3 slammed into a parked police car with its emergency lights activated on an interstate road in Orlando, Florida.
The 2019 Tesla Model 3 narrowly missed the police car driver, who was helping the driver of a disabled Mercedes, and collided with the other vehicle. The Tesla driver and the driver of the disabled vehicle suffered minor injuries and the trooper was unhurt.
The driver claimed he was using Autopilot, Tesla's partially automated driving system, at the time of the crash. An investigation is taking place into what caused the crash, including Autopilot's role in it.
The US government announced a sweeping investigation into Tesla's Autopilot driving system in August 2021.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: August 2021