Tesla Driver Slams into Cop Car While Watching Movie on Autopilot

No one was injured at least

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A Tesla driver avoided disaster Wednesday morning when he missed hitting a deputy in North Carolina standing outside his cruiser before crashing into patrols cars along a busy highway.

The incident happened in Nash County while the Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol vehicles were parked on the side of U.S. Highway 64.

According to the Sheriff’s department Devainder Goli, a doctor from nearby Raleigh, was in the Tesla, watching a movie on his cell phone while his car drove itself in "autopilot mode."

The Tesla collided with the deputy's car first, which then was pushed into the State Highway Patrol car from the impact.

The deputy was conducting a lane closure overnight on U-S 64, near Spring Hope, as a highway patrol trooper investigated a separate crash. Both the deputy and trooper were outside their cars.

"Luckily, the state trooper pushed our deputy out of the way when he heard the tires squall and in an instant, we could have lost a life or several lives. It could have been very horrific," said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

The doctor was charged with a move over violation and viewing a television device while driving.

The Tesla is marketed as having "full self-driving capabilities" and is created using artificial intelligence technology. The autopilot feature is described on Tesla's website as a feature that "enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane."

But Tesla's website says that Autopilot still requires attention from the driver.

"Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous," the website said.

“There needs to come a time when we need to understand that automation cannot do everything," said Stone. "It’s not enhancing our safety, and in this situation, it could kill two law enforcement agents.”

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Comments (31)

    • 1 month ago
  • Surprised he wasnt arrested on reckless driving.

      30 days ago
  • Hoo hoo! This gives me fuel for my hatred of Tesla. 😂

      29 days ago
  • What movie were they watching? Was it the 1996 movie Crash

      1 month ago
    • It was Speed. turns out hitting the patrol car did not make the bus explode.

        26 days ago
  • Tesla “cleverly” referring to their driver assistance program as “autopilot” was absolutely the dumbest thing they could have done as I am sure their legal team would agree. People do not pay attention while driving as it is. Then there are the special few who hear “autopilot” and take it as gospel even though they do not know what true autopilot is or how it works. Homeboy should have spent a day (at least) in jail, had his license revoked for six months and personally be responsible to cover the cost of repairing/replacing the two police vehicles as well as the cost of the cleanup, investigation and time lost while the officers were dealing with this idiocy. The tax payers should not be on the hook for the cost of people who have no regard for anything other than them. I relinquish the soapbox.

      28 days ago