Tuesday, August 3, 2021
News Tesla Model Y On Autopilot Strikes Stationary Police Car

Tesla Model Y On Autopilot Strikes Stationary Police Car

This is the second incident involving a Tesla on Autopilot in less than a week


  • Less than a week ago, another Tesla was involved in a similar accident.

  • The NHTSA will now open another probe into Tesla’s Autopilot Driver Assistance System.


This past Wednesday, a Tesla Model Y, which was on Autopilot, struck a stationary Dodge Charger Police Cruiser in the early morning hours. No one was hurt in the incident however the NHTSA will once again open a probe into this latest Autopilot accident.

“Consistent with NHTSA’s vigilant oversight and robust authority over the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, including automated technologies, we have launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the crash,” NHTSA said in a statement to CNBC.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened probes into more than a dozen similar incidents potentially involving Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system. One such investigation involved a 5-year old Florida man who died when his Model 3 struck the side of a semi just over two years ago.

Tesla has been scrutinized globally for its Autopilot system. Some jurisdictions have pointed out that the system’s name is misleading. A German court actually banned Tesla from using advertising materials for the technology.

2021 Tesla Model 3 | Photo: Tesla

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