A Tesla driver suffered only minor injuries Tuesday after her sedan crashed into a parked Laguna Beach police car while in autopilot mode, officials said.
The Tesla sedan was driving southbound on Laguna Canyon Road when it collided with a Laguna Beach Police Department SUV this morning, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota.
Tesla has maintained Autopilot should not be viewed as a fully autonomous feature. In an April interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Autopilot will never be perfect and drivers need to remain alert while driving.
"Well what's the purpose of having autopilot if you still have to put your hands on the wheel, Elon?" interviewer Gayle King asked Musk, who replied, "Oh it, it's because the probability of an accident with autopilot is just less."
Tesla has faced public and federal official scrutiny for releasing details and results from the Model X involved in the Mountain View, CA crash in March. Musk said the NTSB would take too long to release the crash results.
Tesla's report said on the March Autopilot crash: "The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver's hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision."