Tesla Model 3 hit a parked police car in Orlando, driver said she was ‘in Autopilot’

A 2019 Tesla Model 3 crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol car in Orlando on the morning of August 28, 2021. No injuries were reported.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The driver of a 2019 Tesla Model 3 told officials she was using Autopilot, Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, when she collided with a police car and Mercedes SUV at around 5 a.m. ET on Saturday morning in Orlando, Florida.

No casualties or injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

The investigation into the cause of the crash has not yet been completed. It remains to be seen whether Tesla’s autopilot caused or contributed to the incident.

At the time of the incident, a soldier had stopped to help a driver whose 2012 Mercedes GLK 350 was out of service on Interstate 4 (I-4) in Orlando, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) statement. The soldier had already got out of his parked police vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Charger, when the Tesla Model 3 came across it.

A 2019 Tesla Model 3 driver collided with a Florida Highway Patrol car in Orlando, Florida on August 28, 2021. The driver informed the police that she was using autopilot at the time of the accident.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The Tesla hit the front right side of the police car and then the Mercedes SUV.

Police reported the incident to Tesla and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, according to emails to CNBC and a press release from FHP on Saturday.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The crash occurs amid state testing of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems.

As previously reported by CNBC, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration opened an investigation into Tesla’s autopilot feature after discovering the system had been used in a number of Tesla collisions with first-aid vehicles that resulted in 17 injuries and a death resulted in a couple of years.

After that investigation was exposed, two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla’s claims about his autopilot and full self-driving capabilities.

A Tesla driver collided with a parked Florida Highway Patrol car and SUV in Orlando. An investigation is ongoing. The driver informed the police that she was using the autopilot.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

Tesla is offering autopilot as a standard offering in all of its newer vehicles. The company also sells a premium driver assistance system that is sold under the name Full Self-Driving (FSD). FSD is priced at $ 10,000 upfront, or $ 199 per month for subscribers in the United States

Both autopilot and FSD require the driver to remain vigilant at the wheel at all times. They don’t make Tesla vehicles autonomous.

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