Tesla Highway Patrol crash in Florida added to investigation
– A Tesla crash investigation has been extended to include an accident between a Tesla Model 3 and a Florida Highway Patrol car.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2012 Mercedes GLK350 broke down on Interstate 4 in Orlando around 5 a.m. on August 28.
The Florida Soldier pulled over to assist the Mercedes on the highway when the Tesla Model 3 crashed into the Soldier’s Dodge Charger. The soldier was out of his car and was not hit when the Tesla struck the Dodge Charger and then the broken down Mercedes.
The Tesla Model 3 driver said the autopilot was on when the vehicle struck the police car with its hazard lights on.
Highway Patrol says the Model 3 barely missed the soldier, who was not injured, but Mercedes and Tesla drivers sustained minor injuries.
The crash has now been added to a federal investigation seeking answers as to why Tesla vehicles crash into parked emergency vehicles. These incidents allegedly occurred when the autopilot was engaged and the drivers were completely removed from their driving responsibilities.
Federal investigation into the Tesla crash
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened its investigation in August to include approximately 765,000 Tesla vehicles, including the 2014-2021 Tesla Model Y, Model X, Model S and Model 3 vehicles.
The drivers apparently had no idea of their surroundings as they did nothing to avoid crashing into fire trucks and police vehicles. These vehicles had their hazard lights activated and many accidents occurred even though flares, traffic signs, cones and other warnings were in place.
NHTSA was aware of 11 crashes involving emergency vehicles and the use of Tesla’s autopilot or traffic-sensing cruise control before the Florida Highway Patrol crash. Those 11 crashes would have caused 17 injuries and one death, but a recent crash in New York could change those statistics.
Jean Louis of Cambria Heights, New York, was killed while trying to change a tire on the side of the Long Island Expressway in Queens. The July 26 accident happened when Louis, 52, was struck by a Tesla Model Y SUV.
NHTSA sent investigators to the crash scene, but safety regulators did not say whether the autopilot was on when the crash occurred.
Tesla is warning drivers to keep their hands on the wheels and their eyes on the roads if autopilot is on. The autopilot is a driving assistance system and whatever its name, does not make a vehicle completely autonomous.
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