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Tesla on autopilot crashes into Michigan trooper’s patrol car

A Tesla on autopilot mode crashed into a Michigan state trooper’s patrol car early Wednesday morning, according to a local report.

The car, driven by a 22-year-old man, hit the police vehicle in the Lansing area at about 1:10 a.m., as the trooper was responding to another car that struck a deer, WLNS-TV reported.

Nobody was injured in the crash. The Tesla driver was issued two citations for driving with a suspended license and failure to move over.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a team to Michigan to investigate.

It’s the second time in less than a week a Tesla has crashed in the state. In the first incident in Detroit, authorities have said it appears the driver was not using the car’s autopilot mode, according to WDIV-TV.

Tesla has said previously that its autopilot and “full self-driving” are driver-assistance systems and that the driver must be ready to intervene at all times.

The Tesla after the crash.
The Tesla after the crash.
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The company has been criticized by the National Transportation Safety Board for failing to adequately monitor drivers to make sure they are paying attention.

With Post wires


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