Not only did police have their emergency lights flashing, but they also had used road flares to signal to alert motorists than they should slow down and proceed with caution.
Police said they had responded to a disabled vehicle that was stopped in the middle of Interstate 95.
"It is incorrect to refer to current vehicles with driver assist technologies as "self-driving" or "autonomous" ... because creating an inaccurate impression of vehicle capabilities can put drivers and other road users at risk", she said.
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In addition to the fatal crashes where Model S and Model X cars have crashed on Autopilot killing the occupants of the Tesla vehicles, Tesla vehicles on Autopilot have crashed into the back of numerous fire trucks and at least two police vehicles.
As the patrolman onsite awaited a tow truck, the Model 3 collided with the squad auto before subsequently hitting the disabled vehicle as well.
Six drivers admit Autopilot has contributed to a collision, while nine owners say the system helped keep them alive.
The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
"Regardless of your vehicle's capabilities, when operating a vehicle your full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving", the post continued, noting that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet designated any vehicles for sale capable of fully automated driving.