CAROLINA UTARA, KOMPAS.com – A driver Tesla crashed police car after allegedly watching a movie while the vehicle was in a state autopilot.

A state policeman North Carolina and a Nash County representative said it happened when they handled the accident earlier on Highway 64.

Devainder Goli’s car hit the county representative’s vehicle first, according to local media. The vehicle then hit a police car, pushing the two officers to the ground, police said Sky News on Saturday (29/8/2020).

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Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.

Goli, from the state capital, Raleigh, was charged with watching television while operating a vehicle and violating displacement laws.

He is reportedly a doctor working in emergency medicine.

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Tesla says its autopilot system is designed to “help you with the toughest parts of driving.”

It adds on its website that the software “allows your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically in its lane”.

However, it warned that it “requires active driver supervision” and does not make the car work on its own.

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Company chief executive Elon Musk said last month that his engineers were “very close” to developing a fully automated propulsion system, the basics of which he believes will be completed this year.

For now, however, the autopilot feature is only intended for driver assistance and drivers should be ready to step in at any time, the manufacturer said.

Earlier this year, Tesla was criticized for a lack of protection in its autopilot system, following a fatal crash in California.

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Apple engineer Walter Huang died when his self-driving Tesla Model X crashed into a concrete barrier near Mountain View in March 2018.

There was another incident last month, when authorities in Arizona said a man from California was driving a Tesla on autopilot, which resulted in him crashing into the SUV of a state policeman on the side of a road and pushing him into an ambulance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started an investigation into more than a dozen Tesla accidents that have occurred since at least 2016, when it believed the autopilot could be used.

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