Photo credit: FHP Orlando
Full autonomy in consumer vehicles is still years away and this footage proves it. More specifically, a 2019 Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot engaged crashed into a parked Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) car after the state trooper stopped to help the driver of a disabled 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 on an interstate highway near downtown Orlando around 5am. Some speculated that the flashing emergency lights on the state patrol car confused Autopilot. Read more for the footage and additional information.
The Tesla swiped the cruiser’s left side and then collided with the other vehicle, but fortunately, both the 27-year-old man in the Model 3 and the driver of the disabled vehicle only suffered minor injuries, while the trooper was not injured. Since Tesla’s Autopilot system is camera-based, a lot of computing power is required to process what it sees, and sometimes, it has trouble parked emergency vehicles and perpendicular trucks in its path.