Self-driving Tesla car crashes in same California location as 2017 accident

By Susan McFarland  |  May 30, 2018 at 12:20 PM
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May 30 (UPI) -- Another autonomous vehicle made by Tesla has crashed into another car -- this time a California police cruiser while it was on autopilot, authorities said.

The crash site in Laguna Beach, Calif., Tuesday is the exact same same spot where another Tesla on autopilot crashed into a tractor-trailer a year ago.

The repeat prompted investigators to examine whether the location's topography, lane markings or other factors are creating a problem for the new technology.

"It's something that we're going to have to work on, whether it be with Tesla themselves, or we're going to have to get into more specifics and find out why this is occurring," Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota said.

Cota said the officer was 1,000 yards away from his car when it was hit. The 65-year-old driver of the Tesla vehicle was slightly injured.

"Thankfully there was not an officer at the time in the police car," Cota told the Los Angeles Times. "The police car is totaled."

Tesla has said the company has always been clear autopilot mode doesn't make the car crash-proof. Before a driver can use the function, they must accept a dialogue box that states, "Autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear markings."

Tuesday's crash follows several others in recent weeks involving Tesla vehicles. There were accidents this month in Florida and Utah and another in California in March.

The NTSB said Wednesday it won't investigate Tuesday's crash.

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