Tesla crashes into police cruiser while driver watches movie on his phone

Tesla Autopilot crash

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is not advertised as a fully-autonomous driving feature, but rather a driver-assist feature, which still requires drivers to pay attention and be ready to take control of the vehicle at any moment.

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It appears owners are still not getting the message and continue to misuse the system, as a Tesla reportedly on Autopilot crashed into a police cruiser earlier this morning in North Carolina.

According to the Nash County Highway Patrol, one of their troopers and a Nash County deputy were stopped on the side of the road attending to a previous crash. Just after midnight, a Tesla Model S drove into the side of one of the deputy’s cruiser, forcing it into the side of the troopers vehicle.

Tesla Model S crash

The impact pushed the officers to the ground, but fortunately there were no injuries.

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After questioning, the driver admitted he was watching a movie on his phone at the time of the crash and his car was on Autopilot. He was charged with a move over law violation and location of television in vehicle according to CBS17.

This once again serves as a good reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and always pay attention when using Autopilot.

[Featured image courtesy Nash County Highway Patrol]

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