Shift. the August 27, 2020 at 14 h 04 min
A Tesla Model S with Autopilot activated entered a police car in North Carolina, USA. Rather than paying attention to the road, the vehicle owner was quietly watching a movie.
This Wednesday, August 26, an autopilot Tesla Model S crashed into a police car near Nashville, reports The Charlotte Observer, a local media outlet. Before hitting the police vehicle, the car almost crush the deputy of the sheriff's office, who was standing next door, and an officer. Both men were knocked to the ground as a result of the impact. Fortunately, they are not injured.
According to authorities, Devainder Goli, a doctor and driver of the car, was watching a movie on his smartphone when the incident happened. He is accused of having broken the highway code through his negligence. The car obviously relied on the early version of Tesla's Autopilot.
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This is not the first time that a Tesla electric car in autopilot mode has caused a traffic accident. At the end of 2019, a Tesla Model 3 with the Autopilot activated crashed into a police car in similar circumstances. In other cases, the Autoilot has also been successful in preventing accidents. Last March, autopilot enabled a Model 3 to avoid a collision with a reverse car on the highway.
Tesla asks drivers to stay alert to the road
Tesla recommends that drivers stay alert to the road and keep their hands on the wheel. Users must be able to take over immediately if the autopilot fails in the face of road hazards.
"Autopilot allows your car to move forward, accelerate and brake automatically, but the current functionality of Autopilot requires active driver supervision and does not make the vehicle autonomous." Tesla cautions on its website. What do you think of the autopilot offered by the automaker? We await your opinion in the comments.
Source: The Charlotte Observer