Teslas ‘crash with Autopilot engaged’ in California and Greece

Reallllly bad look for Tesla- one of its top-of-the-line sedans smashed into a police car while it was in the much maligned autopilot mode

The Laguna Beach, California, police department said Tuesday a sedan made by the electric-car maker was in Autopilot mode when it crashed into one of its cruisers.

A Tesla that the driver said was in Autopilot mode struck a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, Calif. Cota told the LA Times the "police vehicle is totalled".

The crash comes as Tesla has been facing scrutiny involving Autopilot.

According to Cota, a Tesla on autopilot crashed into a semi-truck at the same location last April.

A Tesla vehicle with its Autopilot system activated crashed into an unoccupied, parked police SUV in California, according to reports. "Why do these vehicles keep doing that?" he told the LA Times.

"Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the auto impervious to all accidents, and before a driver can use Autopilot, they must accept a dialogue box which states that 'Autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings, '" the spokesperson said in a statement. "We're just lucky that people aren't getting injured", Sgt. Cota said.

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A Tesla also rammed into a fire truck on the scene of an accident in Culver City, Calif.in January, with the driver telling authorities that the vehicle was on autopilot at the time.

But consumer watchdog groups say Tesla's use of the word "autopilot" in its branding and marketing is misleading.

Tesla's owners manuals state that the Enhanced Autopilot mode, which partially automates steering and braking, isn't meant to completely take over the role of a human driver, and warns that drivers must still keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention.

Autopilot is a semi-autonomous technology that the company says is a form of advanced cruise control. These include a crash in Utah earlier this month that occurred while the driver was looking at her phone and two fatal crashes, one in California two months ago and another in 2016 that happened in Florida.

The carmaker says the function is not created to avoid a collision and warns drivers not to rely on it entirely.

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