Tesla Autopilot implicated in another emergency-vehicle crash

Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser during the crash Tuesday in Laguna Beach. He says the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries

In a potential blow to both automaker Tesla and the burgeoning self-driving auto movement, a Tesla Model S was found yesterday to have collided with a parked police vehicle in southern California.

Sergeant Jim Cota, a public information officer for the Laguna Beach Police Department, posted photos of the incident's aftermath on Twitter.

Cota says the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries. The impact of the crash pushed the police SUV onto a sidewalk and left both vehicles with substantial damage.

This was not the case with another Tesla crash, in Utah, where the police investigation found the driver had enabled the Autopilot 1.22 minutes before the crash into a stationary fire truck in front of the Tesla, which was going at 60 miles per hour.

Tesla's owners manuals state that the Enhanced Autopilot mode, which partially automates steering and braking, isn't meant to completely take over the role of a human driver, and warns that drivers must still keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention. A Model X on Autopilot crashed into a highway divider in March, killing the driver. Drivers are also "continuously reminded" of the need to keep hands on the wheel at all times, the company added.

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It is still unclear why the Tesla sedan veered and struck the police SUV which was totalled, Cota said.

Judging by the way in which the Tesla is positioned in the photo taken at Tuesday's crash scene, it appears the vehicle, just like the one in Greece, veered for some reason.

Tesla said the feedback from its customers "shows that they have a very clear understanding of what Autopilot is, how to properly use it, and what features it consists of".

Earlier this year, a Tesla Model S slammed into a stationary firetruck at around 65mph (105kph) on Interstate 405 in Culver City, California.

"There is no requirement for the NTSB to investigate all highway crashes, and, more specifically, there is no requirement for the NTSB to investigate all electric vehicle crashes, or, crashes where use of automation is reported", the spokesperson said.

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