Tesla in 'Autopilot' mode crashes into parked police vehicle

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The company also says that while using autopilot, drivers are supposed to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times.

The Tesla sedan was driving outbound when it struck a parked Laguna Beach police auto, the Laguna Beach police department said Tuesday.

In Greece, a Tesla Model 3 crashed after the autopilot caused the vehicle to suddenly veer right "without warning". There were two injuries. This isn't just a legal way of covering its back - driverless cars may be safer than human drivers (low bar that this is), but Tesla's features aren't there yet.

Tesla's controversial Autopilot driver-assistance system has been implicated in another crash with a parked emergency vehicle, this time a police SUV in southern California.

In March, a Model X crashed into a highway barrier in California.

On Friday, Tesla agreed to settlement of a class-action lawsuit that calls for payments to customers around the world. The driver, he said, also pointed to the Autopilot system as being engaged.

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Tesla issued an upgrade in 2016, which cost customers $5,000.

Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode has come under scrutiny following other recent crashes.

On May 11, a Model S crashed into a fire department vehicle in Utah.

Sgt. Cota said the crash occurred in the same area where a Tesla rammed into a semi a year ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Earlier in May, the NTSB opened a probe into an accident in which a Model S caught fire after crashing into a wall at a high speed in Florida. Tesla did previously argue that Autopilot functions improve safety but just last week settled a class action lawsuit arguing that the system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably risky".

Uber put a temporary halt to its self-driving vehicle program in the U.S. after a March accident in Arizona that resulted in the death of woman pushing a bicycle in a street.