Tesla’s self-driving capabilities have been controversial. Now it’s back in the spotlight. A Tesla Model 3 crashes into a police car and another car near Interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, in the early hours of Saturday, December 7. The Tesla Model 3 was in autopilot mode before crashing into a police car from behind, before crashing into a stopped police car.
The driver claims that before the crash, he turned on the Tesla Model 3 autopilot mode and let himself turn around to check the dog in the back of the car. But Tesla has long said that no matter how capable your vehicle is, it always needs to focus on operating it to ensure safe driving.
While many vehicles have some automation capabilities, no company is currently selling fully automated or self-driving vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is in line with Tesla’s position on self-driving, as the company recommends vigilance even when using self-driving mode.
Although no one was seriously injured in the crash, the Tesla driver was charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident.