Tesla driver crashes into a police car while watching a movie on autopilot

In North Carolina, a Tesla driver was reportedly watching a movie when he slammed into a cop car. It happened Wednesday along U.S. 64 west, near the border of Nash and Franklin counties, Wilson told McClatchy News. 

Devainder Goli, a doctor at Halifax Regional Medical Center, crashed into a Nash County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle, which then struck a state trooper’s car, authorities said. The officers had been responding to an earlier crash on the highway’s side at the time.

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Both cars had no one inside them, so no one was injured, but both the vehicles had been severely damaged.

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“Luckily, the state trooper pushed our deputy out of the way when he heard the tires squall and in an instant we could have lost a life or several lives. It could have been very horrific,” Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone told news station WRAL.

Goli has been charged for viewing a television device while driving and for a move over violations.

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With this not being the first incident of its kind questions arise over Tesla marketing the product as fully self-driving and calling their feature as ‘Autopilot.’

During marketing, the company lures the customers mainly with this Autopilot feature. Some believe that its companies fault to give customers unrealistic expectations that their current technology can’t promise to deliver on a consistent basis, leading drivers to leave their steering wheels while driving and causing these accidents. Tesla is yet to make any statement on the current issue, though.

Tesla’s website clearly says that current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. 

“There needs to come a time when we need to understand that automation can not do everything,” Stone told WRAL. “It’s not enhancing our safety, and in this situation, it could kill two law enforcement agents.”

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