Tesla Model Y crashes into parked police car
Occurred: April 2021
A Tesla has crashed into a state trooper’s cruiser with flashing lights outside Lansing, Michigan. The police said the driver was using Autopilot, Tesla’s advanced driver-assistance system, at the time of the late night crash.
Whilst no one was injured, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation to determine if and how Autopilot may have contributed to the crash.
In August 2021, the NHTSA announced that it was opening an investigation into Tesla Autopilot over its possible involvement in 11 crashes with emergency and first responder vehicles, including the Lansing incident.
The Tesla's driver was issued citations for failure to move over and driving with a suspended license.
A few days earlier, the NHTSA sent a special crash investigation team to Detroit after a Tesla had driven under a semitrailer, leaving two people injured.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: February 2021