A Tesla vehicle with its Autopilot system activated crashed into an unoccupied, parked police SUV in California, according to reports.
A Tesla in autopilot mode crashed into a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, Calif. Tuesday, says AP. The police cruiser was empty of officers at the time of the crash. No one was in the police auto and the Tesla driver had only minor injuries, reports the Los Angeles Times, but the police vehicle was "totaled", Laguna Beach police sergeant Jim Cota told the newspaper.
According to Cota, a Tesla on autopilot crashed into a semi-truck at the same location last April. "Why do these vehicles keep doing that?"
Tesla has faced public and federal official scrutiny for releasing details and results from the Model X involved in the Mountain View, CA crash in March.
Tesla has warned that its Autopilot system doesn't prevent all accidents. "We're just lucky that people aren't getting injured". In both cases, Tesla says it can tell from its logs that drivers were either distracted or ignored the car's warnings to take control.
Tesla chief Elon Musk complained in a recent earnings call that accidents involving self-driving cars get sensational headlines while the potential for the technology to save lives is downplayed or ignored. In January, a Model S slammed into the back of a fire truck parked on a freeway in Culver City at an accident scene. In May 2016, another fatal crash was caused after a driver relied too much on the Autopilot function. It also insists the accidents are primarily the result of human error, not the autopilot feature itself.
Regarding the latest crash, Tesla issued a statement, saying: "When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times".