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A Tesla Model 3 hit a parked police car in Orlando, driver said she was 'in Autopilot' - CNBC

Last updated Saturday, August 28, 2021 13:59 ET , Source: NewsService

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A 2019 Tesla Model 3 hit a Florida Highway Patrol car in Orlando on the morning of August 28, 2021. No injuries were reported.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The driver of a 2019 Tesla Model 3 told officers she was using Autopilot, Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, when she collided with a police car and a Mercedes SUV Saturday morning around 5 a.m. ET in Orlando, Florida.

No injuries or fatalities were reported as a result of the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the crash has not yet been completed. It remains to be determined whether Tesla’s Autopilot caused or contributed to the incident.

According to a statement from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), at the time of the incident, a trooper had stopped to assist a driver whose 2012 Mercedes GLK 350 was disabled at the side of the Interstate 4 (I-4) highway in Orlando. The trooper had already stepped out of his parked police vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Charger, by the time the Tesla Model 3 ran into it.

A 2019 Tesla Model 3 driver struck a Florida Highway Patrol car in Orlando, Florida on August 28, 2021. The driver told police she was using Autopilot at the time of the crash.

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

The front right of the Tesla hit the left side of the police car and then hit the Mercedes SUV.

According to emails to CNBC and a press statement from FHP on Saturday, police are notifying Tesla and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration about the incident.

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