Tesla Model 3 hits parked police car

Occurred: August 2021

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A Tesla Model 3 reportedly with its Autopilot driver assistance system engaged 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.

Developer: Tesla
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: August 2021
Last updated: December 2023