Police: Driver claims Tesla on auto-pilot when hitting 2 cars on I-95 – Thehour.com

Photos from a collision on I-95 in Norwalk on Saturday, Dec. 7, in which a driver struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle with his Tesla, which he claimed was on auto-pilot, according to state police.

Photos from a collision on I-95 in Norwalk on Saturday, Dec. 7, in which a driver struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle with his Tesla, which he claimed was on auto-pilot, according to state police.

Photo: Courtesy Of The CT State Police

Photos from a collision on I-95 in Norwalk on Saturday, Dec. 7, in which a driver struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle with his Tesla, which he claimed was on auto-pilot, according to state police.

Photos from a collision on I-95 in Norwalk on Saturday, Dec. 7, in which a driver struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle with his Tesla, which he claimed was on auto-pilot, according to state police.

Police: Driver claims Tesla on auto-pilot when hitting 2 cars on I-95

NORWALK Connecticut State Police were stopped behind a disabled motor vehicle in the center lane of I-95 northbound near Exit 15 in Norwalk early Saturday, waiting for a tow truck to arrive, when an oncoming car struck a cruiser, a release said.

The driver claimed his car, a Tesla, was on auto-pilot when the events occurred, and that he was checking on his dog in the back seat in the moments before the crash, according to state police, who posted about the collision on Facebook.

After striking the cruiser, the driver hit the disabled vehicle and continued at a slow speed until a trooper stopped him several hundred feet ahead, the post said.

Teslas website says cars with autopilot features still need drivers.

Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.

Two state troopers were at the scene of Saturdays collision as it occurred, with their emergency lights on as they monitored the disabled vehicle, according to the release.

Police issued the Tesla operator a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment, they said in the release.

Regardless of your vehicles capabilities, when operating a vehicle your full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving, the post continued, noting that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet designated any vehicles for sale capable of fully automated driving.

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