All the same, as accidents go, crashing into a parked police vehicle isn't ideal PR for Tesla especially, as USA Today notes, this was in nearly exactly the same spot as another Tesla Autopilot accident from a year earlier.
On Thursday another incident was reported involving a semi-autonomous auto in Utah.
In a statement, it added: "When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel". The driver, he said, also pointed to the Autopilot system as being engaged.
The Laguna Beach crash is the latest in a string of similar accidents.
In Utah, a Model S in autopilot crashed into a fire truck stopped at a red light in May. In March, a Model X hit a highway divider while on autopilot in California, killing the driver.
According to a police report obtained by the Associated Press, the Tesla accelerated before it hit the vehicle.
This week, Palo Alto-based Tesla said Autopilot was not engaged when a Model S veered off a road and plunged into a pond outside San Francisco, killing the driver.
At the time of the collision, no cops were in the auto.
She had been driving 80 seconds in Autopilot before the crash. "Waymo decided not to do this at all".
Tesla, asked about the accident, noted that drivers are not supposed to rely exclusively on Autopilot.
A Tesla vehicle with its Autopilot system activated crashed into an unoccupied, parked police SUV in California, according to reports.
Tesla chief Elon Musk complained in a recent earnings call that accidents involving self-driving cars get sensational headlines while the potential for the technology to save lives is downplayed or ignored.
However, last week Tesla settled a lawsuit alleging the semi-autonomous autopilot feature was "essentially unusable and demonstrably unsafe".