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To Tesla the driver said he was in Autopilot mode hit a police vehicle parked in Laguna Beach, California (Photo: Laguna Police Department Beach)

LOS ANGELES – The last accident that involved a Tesla in Autopilot mode did not become tragic, like some past ones, but it was certainly embarrbading.

A Tesla Model S turned in a patrol car parked on Tuesday, seriously damaging both vehicles in Laguna Beach, California, a coastal community south of Los Angeles.

The driver, a 65-year-old man from Laguna Niguel, California, told officers he had activated the car's partial-drive system, called Auto. pilot. "He told us in his own statement that he was in driver-badisted mode," said the police sergeant. Jim Cota said.

The driver suffered minor injuries, Cota said. The parked cruise was unoccupied, the officer standing about 100 feet away from Laguna Canyon Road while answering a call.

Cota said that the luxury electric car crashed almost in the same place as another Tesla about a year ago. The driver, he said, also noted that the autopilot system was engaged.

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The accident occurs when Tesla faces a scrutiny related to the autopilot. Since March, a driver died when his Model X SUV crashed into a security barrier in Mountain View, California, while in Autopilot mode. And another driver in Salt Lake City was injured in a crash when his car hit a parked fire truck.

Regarding the last fault, Tesla issued a statement saying: "When the autopilot is used, drivers are continually reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times. "

The statement also said that Tesla "has always been clear that the autopilot does not make the car impervious to all accidents, and before a driver can use the autopilot, it must accept a dialog box that indicates that the autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings. "# 19659017] Autoplay

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