State Police: cruiser struck by Tesla 3 in "autopilot" mode

Marco Green
December 9, 2019

A Tesla in auto-pilot hit the back of a state police vehicle in CT early Saturday morning.

State Police said troopers responded to Interstate 95 northbound early Saturday in Norwalk, Connecticut for a disabled vehicle on the highway and stopped their cruisers behind the auto, with their emergency lights on to await a tow truck.

Whilst waiting for the broken-down vehicle to be recovered, the Tesla Model 3 struck one of the police cruisers, along with the vehicle the police were attending to.

As troopers were waiting for a tow truck for that auto, the Tesla, described as a 2018 Model 3, was traveling northbound and struck the rear of the cruiser before continuing in the same direction and hitting the disabled vehicle, according to authorities.

The Tesla driver continued to slowly travel down the highway for several hundred feet before being stopped by the second state trooper at the scene.

However, the driver of the Tesla Model 3 was issued with a misdemeanor summons for both Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment.

CT State Police said in a Facebook post: "Fortunately, no one involved was seriously injured, but it is apparent that this incident could have been more severe".

The Tesla, a 2018 Tesla Model 3, hit the disabled vehicle and striking the rear of one of the cruisers, police said.

"Regardless of your vehicles capabilities, when operating a vehicle your full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving", state police said.

'Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous, ' they said.

Another day, another Tesla crash caused by someone supposedly misusing Autopilot. Tesla also fits the Model 3 with standard Front Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking functions.

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