Incident 323: Tesla on Autopilot Crashed into Parked Police Car in California

Description: A Tesla sedan on Autopilot mode collided with a parked Laguna Beach Police Department car, resulting in minor injuries for its driver in Laguna Beach, California.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Laguna Beach Police Department.

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Another Tesla On Autopilot Hits Another Emergency Vehicle - You Can't Make This Stuff Up · 2018

Another crash by one of Tesla's six-figure supercars on Autopilot has been reported. This time the Tesla Model S hit a parked police car.

The Laguna Beach Police Department reports the following via its public Facebook Page: "This morning, …

Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into parked Laguna Beach police cruiser · 2018

A Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The collision happened at 11:07 a.m. at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, according to Laguna Police Sgt. Jim Cota. The …

Tesla hit parked police car 'while using Autopilot' · 2018

A Tesla car has crashed into a parked police car in California.

The driver suffered minor injuries and told police she was using the car's driver-assisting Autopilot mode.

The crash has similarities to other incidents, including a fatal cra…

Elon Musk’s Appetite for Destruction · 2023

Early on, the software had the regrettable habit of hitting police cruisers. No one knew why, though Tesla’s engineers had some good guesses: Stationary objects and flashing lights seemed to trick the A.I. The car would be driving along nor…


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