A Tesla Model Y traveling on Autopilot crashed into a parked police car in Michigan while officers were investigating an accident involving a deer and another vehicle. The crash took place around 1:12 a.m. Lt. Brian Oleksyk of the Michigan State Police confirmed the Tesla was operating on its driver's assistance system when it crashed into a squad car that was parked partially in the right lane. The name of the driver has not been released. The 22-year-old who was operating the vehicle received citations for having a suspended license and failing to move over.
A Tesla Model X crashed into a guardrail and flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the motorist told police he had activated the car's autopilot feature, according to The Detroit Free Press. The two people in the car survived the July 1 accident, the Free Press reported, as did the driver and passengers in a vehicle that hit the upside-down Tesla. Suburban Detroit art gallery owner Albert Scaglione, touted as "the world's largest art dealer" and his son-in-law Tim Yanke were in the Tesla when it crashed 100 miles east of Pittsburgh. Tesla and Scaglione did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's requests for comment about the incident. By default, autopilot is turned off and must be activated by a driver.
Tesla's Autopilot feature might be a bigger problem than the company realizes. A Detroit art gallery owner informed police that he had his 2016 Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Friday, as reported by the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday morning. Although the Model X driver, Albert Scaglione, and his son-in-law, Tim Yanke, both survived Friday's crash, which occurred just over 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, the scope of scrutiny on Tesla's Autopilot mode is likely to only grow. Thus far, Tesla released a statement to Electrek, saying that it currently has "no data to suggest that Autopilot was engaged at the time of the incident" and that "until the customer responds, we are unable to further investigate." According to the Free Press, a Pennsylvania State Police report from Friday's scene noted that the Model X hit a guard rail "off the right side of the roadway" and "it then crossed over the eastbound lanes and hit the concrete median," tumbling onto its roof in the middle eastbound lane.
Another accident involving Tesla's autopilot system has been reported, this time in Montana when a Model X veered off the road and hit a post. Early on Sunday morning on a highway near Whitehall, a Tesla veered off to the right into a wooden guardrail, according to the Detroit Free Press, stopping the car before it left the road. The driver told a highway patrol officer that the car's driver assist feature had been engaged. Tesla on Tuesday said data suggested that the driver's hands were not on the wheel when the accident occurred. The company confirmed that the driver had enabled autosteer on an undivided mountain road, a Tesla spokesperson said in a short statement, adding that it is looking into the crash.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Detroit police investigating an accident involving a Tesla Model Y getting lodged under a semi-truck trailer do not believe the car's Autopilot system was engaged at the time of the collision. The Monday incident left a passenger in the car in critical condition, while the driver sustained minor injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent a team to investigate the accident, which it described as "violent" and was similar to two fatal crashes in Florida that involved the Autopilot feature.