Tesla Car on Autopilot Crashes Into State Trooper Amid Series of Crashes

by Shelby Scott

Tesla Inc. is facing a world of trouble following the 12th autopilot crash in recent years. Most recently, a Tesla vehicle on autopilot slammed into an Orlando state trooper patrol car. In a tweet, the Florida Highway Patrol said, “Trooper was outside of car and extremely lucky to have not been struck.”

The agency further stated that the trooper had not been in the car when the crash occurred. Reportedly, they had stopped to help another driver in a disabled vehicle along a major highway.

The modern world lives for the efficiency that typically accompanies hands-free devices, and Tesla’s autopilot setting handles several driving tasks. The New York Post further stated that the high-tech setting allows drivers to travel hands-free for an extended time. The all-electric vehicles are frequently able to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically when necessary.

Regardless, the increased number of crashes resulting from the Tesla autopilot setting has caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an investigation. As of August 16th, the agency had opened a formal safety probe into the brand’s contemporary vehicle settings. Additionally, the New York Post reported that Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief, had admitted the advanced vehicles’ new self-driving software is “not great.”

This took place days before the 12th vehicle crash in Orlando. Previous crashes involving Tesla’s autopilot settings have resulted in 17 injuries and one death.

NHTSA has set forth a whole host of questions requiring Tesla’s prompt answer as of October 22nd. Some of the concerns address consumer complaints, field reports, crash reports, and lawsuits, among others.

Tesla’s New Cybertruck Release Takes Place in 2022

Elon Musk and Tesla currently face several technical issues among the recent investigation spurred by the company’s autopilot setting. The multi-billionaire previously revealed his decision to push the release of the Tesla Cybertruck further into the future. According to Tesla’s website, those interested in attaining the vehicle “will be able to complete [their] configuration form as production nears in 2022.”

FOX News reported at an earlier date that Elon Musk claimed production for the new vehicle “is hard.” He expanded on the claim stating, “I think Cybertruck ramp will be difficult because it’s such new architecture…it’s going to be a great product…[perhaps] our best product ever. But there’s a lot of fundamentally new design ideas in the Cybertruck.”

One of the challenges Tesla faces surround the construction of the vehicle itself with large, single pieces of stainless steel. The unique design requires an all-new take on production styles and machinery. Further, the next-generation battery technology set to power the Tesla Cybertruck is still currently in development. Musk stated that while there’s a possibility some of the Cybertrucks may release this year, the majority should hit markets at some point in 2022.