A Tesla car working on autopilot slammed right into a Florida police cruiser on a freeway close to Orlando on Saturday, simply days after CEO Elon Musk admitted faults with the experimental self-driving software program amid a federal investigation into the system.
The crash occurred simply earlier than 5 a.m. on Saturday when the trooper had activated his cruiser’s emergency lights on the way in which to assist a disabled car.
The Tesla hit the cruiser on its left aspect after which collided with the disabled car, freeway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes instructed the Orlando Sentinel.
The 27-year-old Tesla “driver” and disabled car driver suffered minor accidents because of the crash, in response to the report. The state trooper was unharmed.
An electronic mail to Tesla searching for remark was not instantly returned.
Earlier this month, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration introduced a proper investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system after a sequence of crashes with parked emergency autos.
The company mentioned it had recognized 11 crashes since 2018 during which Teslas on Autopilot or Visitors Conscious Cruise Management have hit autos with flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.
The investigation covers 765,000 autos — or practically each automobile that Tesla has bought within the US for the reason that begin of the 2014 mannequin yr, together with the Fashions Y, X, S and three, the company mentioned.
On Monday, Musk acknowledged points with the corporate’s newest auto-pilot know-how.
“FSD Beta 9.2 is definitely not nice [in my opinion], however Autopilot/AI crew is rallying to enhance as quick as attainable. We’re making an attempt to have a single stack for each freeway & metropolis streets, however it requires huge NN retraining,” Musk mentioned in a tweet.