Tesla Inc's (NASDAQ:TSLA) autopilot software is some of the most advanced driver-assist tech in the industry. It's capable of keeping speed, staying within a lane, take highway interchanges and exits, and it can even stop at traffic lights and stop signs automatically.
But it's still strictly considered driving assist, with an attentive human needed at all times. Some people will abuse their privileges.
A CBS affiliate in North Carolina reported a driver was watching a movie while using autopilot. Like any situation where a person driving a car is watching a movie, it ended predictably with the Tesla crashing into a parked police car on the road. The parked police car rolled forward, hitting another police car, and knocking two officers to the ground. Luckily no one was injured.
Benzinga's Take: The driver admitted to their fault and he was charged with a move over law violation.
Usually when we see these accidents, the driver tries to blame the car. Tesla is clear that drivers must fully pay attention and be ready to take over at all times. Before purchasing the car or using the software, this point is stressed.
To date, Tesla has billions of recorded autopilot accidents, with the crash rate far lower than Tesla vehicles not using the assisting software.