Tesla Crashes Into Accident Scene On I-95 In Miami-Dade County
Three people went to the hospital after a Tesla crashed into a Road Ranger on I-95 in Miami-Dade County early today. NBC Miami reported on the accident.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, the Road Ranger was blocking the left express lane while helping to clear the sene of a previous crash around 5:15 AM near Northwest 103rd Street. The Tesla crashed into the Road Ranger.
Both passengers in the Road Ranger and the driver of the Tesla were taken to the hospital for injuries. Police say that the Road Ranger had followed procedures for closing the lane, including emergency lighting, cones, and an arrow board.
One big question about this crash is if the Tesla autopilot system or their more-advanced self-driving system was activated at the time of the crash. Tesla has been under a rash of investigations by the NTSB over these systems.
These state-of-the-art self driving systems are meant to reduce driver error and the risk of crashes, but they are still quite new and not perfect. Tesla argues that many of the crashes caused by the autopilot system are by drivers using it in an irresponsible way, such as riding the car with no one in the driver’s seat. Autopilot is meant to be an aid for drivers, not a replacement.