A Tesla driver crashed into his patrol car during a traffic stop in Massachusetts in December, sandwiching him between the patrol car and the interceptor,media Business Insider reported. Now, NBC 10 Boston, citing court documents, reported that the driver of the Model 3 is facing criminal charges for negligent driving. It is reported that the vehicle was in Autopilot auto-assisted driving state at the time of the accident.
College student Maria Smith told local news channels this week about the horrific accident. “Before I realized it, my car was flying forward,” she said. “I looked behind me and my whole back windshield was smashed. There is glass in my hair. “
Driver Nicholas Ciarlone told police at the scene of the crash that the car was in Autopilot status and that he “must not have noticed,” NBC 10 Boston reported. The driver could not be reached for comment and will be arraigned in September.
Massachusetts State Police confirmed the allegations to Business Insider. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Several previous high-profile crashes are believed to be linked to Tesla’s Autopilot system. Normally, the software can maintain speed and direction while monitoring obstacles as long as the driver pays attention. But while Tesla’s instructions tell drivers to monitor procedures at all times and be ready to take over at short notice, there are also many videos of drivers sleeping and leaving the driver’s seat.