Tesla on autopilot crashes into Mich. trooper's patrol car

The trooper was investigating another crash when the collision occurred


By Amy Huschka
Detroit Free Press

LANSING, Mich. — A Tesla on autopilot crashed into a Lansing-area state trooper's patrol car early Wednesday, Michigan State Police said.

Neither the trooper nor the 22-year-old Lansing man who was driving the Tesla were injured in the 1:10 a.m. crash on Interstate 96 in Eaton County, police said.

The crash occurred as the trooper was investigating a collision between a car and a deer, WLNS-TV reported. The patrol car's emergency lights were activated when the Tesla drove into it, police said.

The Tesla's driver was issued citations for failure to move over and driving with a license suspended.

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.

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

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