Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into California police car

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Laguna Beach Police Department via AP
Laguna Beach Police Department via AP

It is never a good idea to run into a police car, in any country. That by itself is notable and newsworthy, but when your car is a Tesla, this is BIG news. The following item came down the wire from AP:

Laguna Beach, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode has crashed into a parked police cruiser in Southern California.

Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser during the crash Tuesday in Laguna Beach. He says the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries.

The police SUV ended up with its two passenger-side wheels on a sidewalk.

Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode has come under scrutiny following other recent crashes. The carmaker says the function is not designed to avoid a collision and warns drivers not to rely on it entirely. ENDS.

It would seem that the entire world is resistant to change and the thought of an electric car that can drive itself has many people worried, and if you make your living as a taxi driver, I think I would be a little apprehensive too.

However, with “ordinary” cars involved in crashes all the time (especially in Thailand), is the world downplaying one type of motoring, while noisily pointing fingers at the newer technology?