This reasonably unlucky three automotive pile-up occurred yesterday afternoon on Interstate 10 close to Benson, Arizona, when a person allegedly utilizing Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous system crashed his Mannequin S into an Arizona State Trooper’s car.
The affect precipitated the cruiser to hit the again of an ambulance, although fortunately the latter’s occupants weren’t injured and the officer wasn’t within the car in the meanwhile of affect.
As for the motive force of the Mannequin S, a 23-year outdated man from Irvine, CA, he was taken to a close-by hospital with “critical however non-life-threatening accidents.” He’s presently being investigated for DUI (driving below the affect), which may imply both alcohol or different substances.
After the incident occurred, Arizona’s Division of Public Security tweeted that the motive force informed troopers his Tesla was on Autopilot on the time of the collision. The AZ DPS additionally took this chance to remind the general public that whenever you see flashing lights and autos stopped on the facet of the street, you need to decelerate.
Bart Graves of the Arizona Division of Public Security informed Digital Trends that the motive force of the Tesla remains to be below investigation and can’t remark whether or not or not he will probably be charged with a DUI, including that “the investigation is constant.”
That is simply the newest in an extended line of crashes involving Teslas and the corporate’s Autopilot system. Federal authorities have already investigated many comparable incidents and got here to the overall conclusion that drivers are likely to turn out to be overly reliant on this semi-autonomous system.
Reminder: Please #SlowDown & #MoveOver whenever you see flashing lights & autos stopped on the facet of the street! At the moment, a Tesla rear-ended a patrol car on the scene of an earlier crash on I-10 EB close to Benson. Fortunately, our sergeant wasn’t within the car & wasn’t damage. (half) pic.twitter.com/WZhUQ10StL
— Dept. of Public Security (@Arizona_DPS) July 14, 2020