Connect with us


Tesla’s Autopilot system just auto-piloted itself into a police cruiser in Florida

Yes, again.

Tesla autopilot crash into cop car in florida
Image: Florida Highway Patrol

Tesla’s driving aid system, Autopilot, seems to have trouble telling emergency vehicles from the open road. In the latest of a series of crashes, a Tesla crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser, and the disabled vehicle that the officer had stopped to help.

Thankfully, nobody got seriously hurt from the crash, with the driver of the Tesla Model 3 and the driver of the other car only receiving minor injuries. The highway patrol officer narrowly missed being run over by the Tesla, when it slammed into the left side of his parked cruiser.

CNBC has images of the aftermath of the crash (seen above and below), with both the Tesla Model 3’s front right corner and the left-rear quadrant of the police cruiser being absolutely demolished by the impact.

They also add some important context, in that it’s not clear at this time if Autopilot either caused or contributed to the crash, just that it was on at the time according to the driver.

Tesla crash
Image: Florida Highway Patrol

This crash is the latest in a series of a dozen incidents since 2018 where a Tesla vehicle using Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control has hit parked emergency vehicles responding to an existing crash.

Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Tesla’s Autopilot system over these incidents. Two Democratic senators have also asked the Federal Trade Commission to similarly investigate Tesla over claims made about the capabilities of the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving systems.

Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

Editors’ Recommendations:

Follow us on Flipboard, Google News, or Apple News

Maker, meme-r, and unabashed geek with nearly half a decade of blogging experience. If it runs on electricity (or even if it doesn't), Joe probably has one around his office somewhere. His hobbies include photography, animation, and hoarding Reddit gold.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Deals of the Day

  1. Paramount+: Live Sports Starting at $2.50/mo. for 12 Mos. Sports - Try It Free w/ code: SPORTS
  2. Save $20 on a Microsoft365 subscription at Best Buy with a Best Buy Membership!
  3. Try Apple TV+ for FREE and watch all the Apple Originals
  4. Save $300 on a Segway at Best Buy, now $699

More in Transportation