But the investigators also noted that the autopilot system is not designed to reliably prevent crashes.
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A Tesla Model S drove into a parked patrol car on Tuesday, severely damaging both vehicles at Laguna Beach, California, a coastal community south of Los Angeles.
The 65-year-old driver from Laguna Niguel, California, told the officers that he had activated the car's self-drive system pilot. "He told us in his own statement that he was in driver-assisted mode," Police Sgt. Jim Cota said.
The driver suffered minor injuries, Cota said. The parked cruiser was uninhabited, the officer standing about 100 feet off Laguna Canyon Road when he responded to a phone call.
Cota said the luxury electric car crashed in the same spot almost a year ago as another Tesla. The driver, he said, also pointed to the autopilot system as busy.
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The crash comes when Tesla was confronted with an autopilot. A driver has died since March when his model X SUV hit a safety barrier in Mountain View, California, in autopilot mode. And another Salt Lake City driver was injured in an accident when her car hit a parked fire truck.
Regarding the recent accident, Tesla made a statement: "When the autopilot is used, drivers are constantly reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the controls and to stay in control of the vehicle."
The statement also said that Tesla "has always been clear that autopilot makes the car impenetrable for all crashes, and before a driver can use autopilot, they must accept a dialogue box stating that autopilot is for use on highways it is intended that one have center-divisors and clear lane markings. "
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April 20, 2019
April 20, 2019