A Tesla using its partially automated driving system has slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on an interstate near downtown Orlando.
ORLANDO, Florida — A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over tovehicle.
Earlier this, the U.S. government formally investigated driving system after a series of similar collisions with parked emergency vehicles.
The trooper whose cruiser was hit shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday hadand was on the way to the disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser’s left side and then collided with the other car, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told The Orlando Sentinel.
The report said the 27-year-old man in theof the disabled vehicle suffered minor injuries, and the trooper was unhurt.
Tesla did not immediately respond to an.
drivers, who have been caught driving drunk or even riding in the back seat while a car rolled down a California highway.
Themaker uses a camera-based system, computing power, and sometimes radar to spot obstacles, determine what they are, and then decide what the vehicles should do. But it has had trouble with parked emergency vehicles and perpendicular trucks in its path.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened thein 2018. Teslas on autopilot or cruise control have hit vehicles where first responders have used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, or cones warning of hazards.
In those crashes, 17, and one was killed, the NHTSA said. An investigation could lead to a recall or other enforcement action.
The National Transportation, which also has investigated Tesla crashes, has recommended that NHTSA and Tesla limit the autopilot’s use to areas where it can safely operate. It also suggested that Tesla be required to improve its system to ensure drivers .
the NTSB blamed Tesla, drivers, and lax regulation by NHTSA for two collisions in which Teslas crashed beneath crossing tractor-trailers.
The crashes into emergency vehicles cited by NHTSA began on January 22, 2018, in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles, when a Tesla using autopilot struck alights. No one was injured in that accident.