Tesla Rear-Ends Bus On Germany’s Autobahn, Driver Blames Autopilot

BERLIN (CBS / AP) — Police in northern Germany say that a Tesla driver is blaming the car’s autopilot after crashing into the rear end of a bus on a highway.

Ratzeburg police say that the crash happened Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of autobahn about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Hamburg. The Tesla driver was slightly injured.

Police said in a statement Thursday that the 50-year-old Tesla driver told officers he had used the car’s autopilot. It wasn’t immediately clear whether police had themselves confirmed the autopilot’s use, and calls to the Ratzeburg police precinct weren’t answered late Thursday.

Tesla has updated the software for its autopilot following a deadly crash earlier this year in which a driver using the system was killed when his Model S sedan struck a tractor-trailer in Florida.

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One Comment

  1. ha, ha, ha. I have zero sympathy for the rich snobs and their $90K robot murder-car. If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, sometimes that’s exactly what it is: BLEEDING. ha, ha.

  2. RussellL says:

    Germans are very proud of their cars and are feeling threatened by the cars from Tesla.

    The German police are blaming Tesla’s Autopilot, not the driver.

    “We have spoken to our customer, who confirmed that Autopilot was functioning properly and that his use of Autopilot was unrelated to the accident,” Tesla said in a statement.

    Tesla denied that Autopilot was at fault, saying the bus swerved into the car’s lane and side-swiped the Tesla, making a collision “unavoidable,” the spokeswoman said.

    “We can only do so much to prevent an accident,” she said, adding that Tesla was in contact with German police.

    Reuters was not immediately able to reach German police for comment.

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