The autopilot did not help TeslModel S avoid a collision with the sheriff's car and the traffic police "interceptor", WRAL writes. But they did not blame the on-board electronics for the accident: the cause of the accident was the driver who was looking not at the road, but at the screen of a mobile phone.
- The collision occurred at night on one of the Nash County highways in North Carolina. The police were examining the section of the road on which another accident had occurred earlier, and therefore left their cars on the side of the road. The traffic lane was partially closed.
The blow was so strong that the traffic police car that TeslModel S collided with was thrown onto the sheriff's car. Thus, three cars were damaged in an accident at once. At the same time, people were not injured: the traffic police managed to step aside in time.
- According to the Tesla driver himself, who was driving home from work, at the time of the collision, the car was moving in unmanned mode, and he himself watched the film on the screen of his mobile phone and did not follow the situation on the road. The corresponding charges have already been brought against the driver.
- In July, a similar incident involving a Tesl car occurred in the southwestern United States. The electric car crashed into a parked patrol car, which, in turn, hit the ambulance in front of it. Tesla's driver claimed that at the time of the collision, the car was moving on autopilot. However, the police suspected that this was not the case.