A Tesla using a partially automated driving system crashed into a police car in the US state of Florida.
A police car had stopped to assist a third vehicle just before 5 a.m. Saturday on a highway near central Orlando.
The officer, who activated the emergency lights in his car, narrowly missed him Tesla I collided with his vehicle and the vehicle he was looking after.
According to police, the 27-year-old Tesla driver and the driver of the vehicle assisted by the officer sustained minor injuries.
The officer was not hurt.
Tesla has not commented on the incident.
It comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Tesla’s autopilot driving system after a number of similar collisions.
Since 2018, there have been at least 11 accidents blamed on Tesla’s autopilot or cruise control, in which a car collided with emergency services vehicles.
This was despite first responders using flashing lights, flashlights, a flared stock plate or road cones.
Seventeen people were injured in the accidents and one was killed.
The investigation, which is still ongoing, may result in the recall of cars or the application of other measures.
Tesla uses a camera-based system, computers, and sometimes radar to detect and identify obstacles and then steer the vehicle.
But there were concerns he might have trouble with parked emergency vehicles and vertical trucks on his way.
Autopilot has also been misused at times by drivers – some have been caught drunk driving or even in the back seat while the car is in motion.
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