Autopilot sends Tesla onto train tracks. California cops say feature mistook railroad for street

The autopilot feature of a Tesla electric vehicle drove onto train tracks Wednesday morning, mistaking the rails for a road, Woodland police said.

The Police Department shared a photo on Facebook of the vehicle stuck on the tracks several yards from the road, and reminded motorists to stay alert “driver assistance system,” as Tesla calls the feature costing several thousand dollars or $100 a month, for any errors in mapping or judgment.

“Always keep your hands on the wheel and be prepared to take control. As with any type of technology, (the autopilot) can fail, always best to be attentive and aware,” officers said.

The agency noted details of the incident were provided from statements by the occupants of the vehicle. Officers said an investigation of the incident was ongoing.