A Tesla on autopilot struck a police car last Wednesday while the driver reportedly watched a film.
A North Carolina state trooper and a Nash County deputy reported that the crash took place while they were responding to a previous accident on Highway 64.
Local media reports said Devainder Goli’s car struck the deputy’s vehicle and then that vehicle hit the trooper’s car, shoving both officers to the ground. No one was injured.
Goli, a resident of Raleigh, is now facing charges of watching television while operating a vehicle and violating the move-over law.
Tesla markets its autopilot system as a measure designed to assist drivers with the “most burdensome parts of driving”.
According to the company’s website, the software allows for automatic steering, accelerating, and braking within the vehicle’s lane.
However, Tesla warns that the system doesn’t make the car autonomous and the driver must maintain active supervision.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently said engineers were close to developing a completely autonomous system.
However, for the time being, motorists must be ready to intervene when their vehicles are on autopilot.
A Tesla vehicle was involved in a fatal crash earlier this year in California and this led to the company being criticized for having a lack of safeguards built into the autopilot system.
As recently as last month, a man driving a Tesla on autopilot in Arizona hit a state trooper’s SUV and pushed it into an ambulance.
Back in 2018, Apple engineer Walter Huang lost his life when his self-driving Tesla Model X struck a concrete barrier.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more than 12 crashes that it believes involved the use of autopilot. The accidents go back to at least 2016.
If you were injured in a crash caused by any type of vehicle, a North Carolina auto accident attorney can help you.