Tesla on Autopilot Veers off NJ Highway, Hits Signs: Police

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A man involved in a messy crash off a New Jersey highway over the weekend told the cops his Tesla made him do it.

The driver, Eric Carter, told cops he had his car on autopilot as he moved along Route 1 in North Brunswick around dinnertime Sunday, North Brunswick Police Capt. Brian Hoiberg told News 4.

Hoiberg said he meant to continue moving on Route 1, but his Tesla pulled hard to the right at the intersection near Adams Lane; it struck a curb, several signs, and came to rest on a grassy area to the side of the road, police say.

No one was hurt, though Carter’s Tesla suffered heavy damage. Carter was the only witness, police say, adding they have no reason to “disbelieve that that’s what happened,” according to Hoiberg.

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In a statement on their website, Tesla said its autopilot does not make a car autonomous, but is an “advanced driver assistance system” that requires “a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel.”

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