Two teens from Palm Coast, South Carolina, claimed their Tesla car was on autopilot after crashing into a Florida police car.
Police reportedly stopped the Tesla Model Y first for driving on the wrong side of the road, but soon found something was wrong with the car.
Once stopped, the car mysteriously backed up and crashed into the police car behind it, causing damage to the Tesla. The Model Y is said to have suffered $ 300 in damage, but the police car is intact. The incident comes just days after a Tesla Model 3 in Autopilot blew up a police car.
After stopping the car, they found that not only did the two girls inside not have a driver’s license since they were minors, but more importantly that no one was in the driver’s seat. Indeed, one was seated in the front passenger seat and the other in the rear seat when the deputy approached the car.
According to teenage girls, the car was driving alone
When questioned, the young girls said that the Tesla was driving alone on autopilot when it backed up in the patrol car. This seems unlikely, since the Full Self-Driving mode would never have backed up on its own to hit the police car. We were also able to discover a video showing what the Full Self-Driving software sees when the car is driving alone.
Full Self-Driving software is not yet considered autonomous driving because the driver is still responsible for the vehicle and should be ready to take control at all times.
The parents of the two minors have been contacted. Unsurprisingly, they had no idea the two teenage girls were on the run. The mother of the alleged driver was unaware that her daughter had left the state and believed she was staying with her grandmother. The driver received a ticket for driving without a license.
Source : carscoops