Tesla Model X crashes into five police officers
Occurred: February 2021
Five Houston police officers have filed a lawsuit (pdf) against Tesla after a Model X had slammed into them while they were operating a traffic stop in Splendora, Texas, in February 2021.
The driver of the Tesla, a restaurant owner, has reputedly had too much to drink and had engaged the car's Autopilot system.
The officers claim that 'design and manufacturing defects' were 'known to Tesla', were responsible for the crash and that Autopilot 'failed to detect the officers’ cars or to function in any way to avoid or warn of the hazard and subsequent crash.'
Operator: Pappas Restaurants Inc
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Black box; Legal
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Published: September 2021