Reply to post: Re: Hmm

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

Eddy Ito

Re: Hmm

I don't see where a center divider would have changed anything. It's pretty clear from the damage and the black streaks coming from the tires that it was a small overlap impact which resulted in the Tesla being spun sideways and the cop car was pushed up on the sidewalk.

In this instance I'd say that if autopilot was engaged it likely got confused by the road markings which has just added a split for the right turn lane. I could see where the computer would be confused as to which lane to choose and if it chooses a bit too soon there wouldn't be enough clearance for the parked cars and a nickel says the driver was probably looking at their phone thinking autopilot has it under control.

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