Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot crashes into a police car

A Tesla has collided into a police car and other vehicle while on Autopilot in the US.

Both the police car and the other car, which had broken down, were still at the time of the incident.

The motorist told police that he put his Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot so that he could check on his dog in the rear.

The crash happened on Interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, in the wee hours of Saturday morning local time.

The police car was parked behind the broken down car with its blue lights blinking as it waited for a tow truck.

The Tesla, which prices from £42,000 in the UK and $36,000 in the US, collided with the rear of the police car and continued moving forward, causing it to hit the vehicle in front.

Police said no one was hurt.

Tesla 3 crash

“The driver of the Tesla said that he had his vehicle on ‘auto-pilot’ and clarified that he was checking on his dog which was in the rear seat,” reported Connecticut State Police on Facebook.

The police department added:

“Irrespective of your vehicle’s abilities, when functioning a vehicle, your full attention is obligatory at all times to confirm safe driving.”

The driver was charged with and reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

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The front of Tesla 3 after crashing to the Police cruiser. Connecticut State Police

This is not the first time a Tesla has crashed while on Autopilot. Altogether, there have been at least five mortalities globally involving Tesla vehicles on Autopilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the US is presently exploring accidents caused by Autopilot.

Tesla did not instantaneously respond to a request for comment. Though, the firm does not endorse that drivers remove their hands from the steering wheel while using the Autopilot feature.

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