Driver claims Tesla on autopilot when hitting 2 cars on I-95

Tesla on autopilot rear-ended Connecticut cop car as driver checked on dog: police

Tesla on autopilot rear-ended Connecticut cop car as driver checked on dog: police

State Police say that in the early hours of Saturday, Troopers out of Troop G-Bridgeport were helping a disabled motorist in the left center lane of I-95 North, in the city of Norwalk, near exit 15.

The accident took place early Saturday morning when the Tesla with CT plates reading "MODEL3" was traveling northbound on Interstate 95.

Tesla has said repeatedly that the semi-autonomous system is created to assist drivers, who must pay attention and be ready to intervene at all times. Tesla cars seem to have an affinity for finding and smashing into police cars and fire trucks stopped doing their work on our roadways.

"The driver or, as they say, a statement, Tesla said that his auto was moving on autopilot, and explained that he turned to the dog, which was in the back seat before the accident occurred",- explained in the police.

The Tesla driver continued to slowly travel down the highway for several hundred feet before being stopped by the second state trooper at the scene.

Police in CT said that during the incident, the police vehicles had headlights on, and they were perfectly visible moving on the track machines.

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The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

In describing the Autopilot function, Tesla states that it requires "active driver supervision" whilst being used, and does not "make the vehicle autonomous".

After striking the trooper's vehicle, the driver in the Tesla then rear-ended the disabled vehicle before stopping.

State police cited the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and said that while certain vehicles have some automated capabilities, there are none yet that are fully automated or self-driving.

Six drivers admit Autopilot has contributed to a collision, while nine owners say the system helped keep them alive.

She said it is "damaging to public discussion" about advanced vehicle technologies to refer to vehicles now available for sale to the public using terms such as automated, self-driving, autonomous, on autopilot or driverless.

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