Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Tesla in 'Autopilot' mode crashes into parked police vehicle

Tesla in 'Autopilot' mode crashes into parked police vehicle

The latest crash involving a Tesla in Autopilot mode didn't turn tragic, as some past ones have, but certainly was embarrassing. In both cases, Tesla says it can tell from its logs that drivers were either distracted or ignored the car's warnings to take control.

And on Friday an American man announced on Twitter that he had crashed his Tesla Model 3 in in Greece reportedly after his Autopilot mode malfunctioned, posting up a photo of what appeared to be the front of his vehicle with one wheel ripped out.

Tesla's Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that enables vehicles to drive themselves in certain conditions. According to the vehicle's data, it sped up just before hitting the truck and the driver hit the brakes seconds before impact.

Among accidents to make headlines was a fiery March crash in California that involved its "Autopilot" feature.

The motorist, You You Xue, voiced his concerns about Autopilot on Facebook.

No one was in the patrol vehicle when the collision took place.

According to local media, police said the woman at the wheel of the auto claimed it was in a self-driving mode and that her attention was on her phone.

"Waymo decided not to do this at all".

This is not the first time a Model 3 driver walked away from a serious accident. Tesla updated Autopilot following that accident. Tesla did previously argue that Autopilot functions improve safety but just last week settled a class action lawsuit arguing that the system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably unsafe".

We have asked Tesla for comment.

It called the naming of the Autopilot "deceptive and misleading". While CEO Elon Musk likes to note that this is much less than the industry average, Tesla certainly attracts more media attention than other carmakers because of its Autopilot system and claims it is much safer than comparable vehicles.

His comments received support from prominent academic and psychologist Steven Pinker, who has in the past voiced concerns about Tesla's Autopilot.

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