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Tesla on Part-Automated Drive System Strikes Police Car

August 30, 2021


A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Aug. 28 on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driving system after a series of similar incidents with parked emergency vehicles.

The trooper whose cruiser was hit shortly before 5 a.m. had activated his emergency lights and was on the way to the disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser’s left side and then struck the other vehicle, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told the Orlando Sentinel.

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