Questions surround Tesla crash police say was in autopilot mode

The Tesla crashed into a police cruiser and authorities want to know what caused it.
1:46 | 12/08/19

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Transcript for Questions surround Tesla crash police say was in autopilot mode
Questions this morning involving the crash of a Tesla car police say was driving in autopilot mode that collided with a police cruiser and authorities want to know what caused that crash. ABC's Trevor Ault is right here in studio with much more on this story. Trevor, good morning to you. Good morning. They say self-driving cars are the future but there have been some speed bumps on the way there and the latest is this weekend in Connecticut. A driver had his Tesla in autopilot mode but he crashed and police were right there because they're the ones that got hit. This morning, the automotive super giant Tesla and its autopilot mode under fire once again for the company's self-driving feature. Police tell "The Hartford courant" this 2018 Tesla model 3 was in autopilot mode driving down interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, when the driver checked on his dog in the backseat. The car slamming into the rear of a police cruiser parked on the side of the highway. It's not designed for you to look into the back of your car and check on your dog or your child or just read a text. You have to keep your hands on the wheel. Reporter: This isn't the first time Tesla's autopilot feature allegedly failed. Last year a driver of a Tesla died in a highway crash, that car also reportedly in the self-driving mode when the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier. It's not self-driving. It's not a robot car. We're not there quite yet. Reporter: We reached out to Tesla for comment but they have not responded. In past instances Tesla has said autopilot mode is not a self-driving system, it's an advanced driver assistance system that enhances safety and convenience behind the wheel. Evenhough the car was in autopilot mode, the driver's been charged with reckless driving and they help you drive

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