Tesla Model S cruising on Autopilot mode got slammed into two police cars while the driver was watching a movie.
Tesla cars are quite popular around the world for two big reasons. The first reason is that it is owned by Elon Musk and the second reason is that Tesla cars come loaded with a lot of advanced technologies. One of these advanced techs is the autonomous driving feature in which the car drives itself from point A to point B. But it goes without saying that we can’t always fully depend on these man-made technologies, at least not yet. In a recent incident, a man was watching a movie while travelling in the driver’s seat of his Tesla Model S that was driving on its own and as turns out, the car crashed into two police vehicles. Thankfully, nobody got hurt, but the situation could have ended much worse.
The incident occurred in Nash County, North Carolina in the USA. Along with Tesla Model S, this incident includes a sheriff’s cruiser and a highway patrol cruiser. At the time of the crash, both the police vehicles had police officers on-board. This incident could have been avoided if people didn’t have so much faith in systems like Autopilot. Some people are now demanding Tesla to change the system’s name because it is misleading many customers. Moreover, alot of people are pointing on the company’s CEO Elon Musk, who encourages customers to fully rely on Autopilot. Mechanically, Tesla Model S derives power from a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. It is offered in three different trim levels namely- Model S Long Range, Model S Long Range Plus and Model S Performance.
The Model S Long Range and Model S Long Range Plus can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 3.7 seconds, while the latter does the same job in 2.4 seconds. According to Tesla, the Model S Long-Range can go to 373 miles in one full charge and the Long Range Plus can go up to 390 miles. Moreover, the top-of-the-line Performance trim of the car offers a range of 348 miles. The automaker has also planned to enter the Indian market in the coming years. Right now, Tesla is facing some trouble in dealing with our government.