The driver advised police that he was checking on his canine within the backseat when his Tesla Model three rear-ended a cruiser, then continued to additionally strike a disabled automotive.
A Tesla spokesperson was not instantly obtainable to remark.
Autopilot permits Tesla autos to steer, speed up and brake robotically inside their lanes, and transfer into totally different lanes. However, Tesla says the system nonetheless requires “active driver supervision,” according to the company’s website. Incidents akin to this one renew considerations that Tesla isn’t severe about imposing secure use of the function.
The collision occurred early Saturday morning, police mentioned in a Facebook put up, after a state trooper stopped on I-95 within the metropolis of Norwalk to help a disabled car that was occupying the left middle lane. As the officers waited with the driving force of the disabled car for a tow truck, the 2018 Tesla Model three with a license plate that learn “MODEL3” struck the automobiles.
The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment, police mentioned. No one was injured within the incident, although pictures posted by police on Facebook present substantial injury carried out to the Tesla and the police automotive.
The incident has revived considerations concerning the security of Tesla’s autopilot function, which drivers have been documented misusing in the past. Even although the corporate’s car consumer manuals warning drivers to stay attentive whereas driving and hold their arms on the steering wheel, Tesla CEO Elon Musk typically retweets movies portraying hands-free use of Autopilot. Some drivers have posted movies that seem to point out the driving force asleep on the wheel whereas Autopilot is employed.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal took to Twitter after the incident to name for regulation of Tesla’s Autopilot function.
Tesla’s Autopilot has been concerned in crashes earlier than. The function was identified to be engaged throughout three deadly crashes within the U.S., together with a 2018 Model three crash in Delray Beach, Florida. The National Transportation Safety Board, a federal security authority, is investigating whether or not or not and the way a lot Autopilot could have contributed to that Model three crash.