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Tesla Model S crashes into police car; driver blames Autopilot

by Justin King

Police say the accident happened in an area where a Tesla collided with a semi truck last year.

A Tesla Model S has been involved in another alleged Autopilot accident, smashing into the back of a parked police SUV in Laguna Beach, California.

The police car was empty at the time but the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report.

"The police car is totaled," said Laguna Police Sgt. Jim Cota. "Why do these vehicles keep doing that? We're just lucky that people aren't getting injured."

This morning a Tesla sedan driving outbound Laguna Canyon Road in "autopilot" collides with a parked @LagunaBeachPD unit. Officer was not in the unit at the time of the crash and minor injuries were sustained to the Tesla driver. #lagunabeach #police #tesla pic.twitter.com/7sAs8VgVQ3

— Laguna Beach PD PIO (@LBPD_PIO_45) May 29, 2018


Tesla has repeatedly warned drivers to pay attention to the road and keep their hands on the wheel when Autopilot is engaged.

"Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the car impervious to all accidents, and before a driver can use Autopilot, they must accept a dialogue box which states that 'Autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings," the company said in a statement.