Earlier in the day, a Tesla (701.81, 24.93, 3.68%) car crashed into a state police patrol car in the Lansing area, when it was equipped with the autopilot function, Michigan police said on Wednesday.
Police said neither the police in the patrol car nor the 22-year-old man driving Tesla were injured in the crash on interstate 96 in Eton county at 1:10 a.m.
At the time of the accident, state police were investigating a collision between a car and a deer. Police said the driver of the Tesla was summoned for failing to give way and driving without a license, which has been revoked.
A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the agency was aware of the incident involving Tesla. “Based on NHTSA’s vigilant supervision and strong authority on the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment (including automation technology), we have set up a special investigation team to investigate the accident,” he said
This is the second time in less than a week that the national highway traffic safety administration has sent an investigation team to Michigan to investigate the crash involving Tesla.
Earlier, a special accident investigation team was sent to Detroit to investigate an accident in the city last Thursday in which a Tesla crashed into the bottom of a semitrailer truck, seriously injuring two people.
This accident is similar to two other accidents in Florida in 2016 and 2019, in which Tesla crashed into the bottom of a towed trailer.