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US Tesla on Autopilot slams into police cruiser; driver says he was checking on dog

03:15  08 december  2019
03:15  08 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A Tesla on Autopilot slammed into two vehicles on Saturday, one of which was a Connecticut State Police cruiser, officials said.

a car parked in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Connecticut State Police reported a Tesla crashed into a disabled vehicle on the side of the road while on © Connecticut State Police Connecticut State Police reported a Tesla crashed into a disabled vehicle on the side of the road while on "auto-pilot."

The driver of the Tesla told police that he put the car on Autopilot because he was checking on his dog in the backseat, according to a statement from Connecticut State Police.

The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday on Interstate 95 in Norwalk.

Police had been called to the highway because of a disabled vehicle that was occupying a lane, authorities said.

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The Tesla struck one cruiser and the disabled vehicle, State Police said , and the driver said he was using the car’s autopilot system while he checked on his dog . No one was seriously injured. Police did not publicly name the driver , who was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and

As troopers were waiting for a tow truck for that car, the Tesla, described as a 2018 Model 3, was traveling northbound and struck the rear of the cruiser before continuing in the same direction and hitting the disabled vehicle, according to authorities.

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The car was finally stopped several hundred feet ahead by another trooper.

The driver, who was not identified, was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment, police said.

Connecticut State Police reported a Tesla crashed into a disabled vehicle on the side of the road while on © Connecticut State Police Connecticut State Police reported a Tesla crashed into a disabled vehicle on the side of the road while on "auto-pilot."

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

State police cited the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and said that while certain vehicles have some automated capabilities, there are none yet that are fully automated or self-driving.

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"Regardless of your vehicles capabilities, when operating a vehicle your full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving," state police said.

Tesla has issued similar statements in the wake of past Autopilot accidents, saying drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times.

ABC News' Aliki Shinas contributed to this report.

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