Two men died after a Tesla car crashed into a tree and ignited in Texas. Police believe that there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident.
The 2019 Tesla Model S was running at high speed when it was unable to negotiate a curve on a winding road.
Victims were found in the passenger seat and in the rear of the vehicle, both in their 50s.
The Tesla chief said the data collected so far indicates that autopilot is not enabled.
“No one was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision,” said Mark Harman, a police officer in District 4 of Harris County, adding that the case is still under investigation.
However, Musk, the car’s CEO, said, “Data logs collected so far show that autopilot is not enabled … In addition, the standard autopilot requires you to turn on lanes that were not on this street. “
Tesla’s Autopilot is an advanced driver assistance system that Tesla says “enhances safety and convenience behind the steering wheel.”
Mr. Musk had previously set out a vision to launch a “fully self-driving” car this year.
But last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating 27 crashes involving Tesla vehicles.
In a related incident this Monday, a Tesla owner climbed onto a car at the Shanghai Motor Show and protested that “the brakes lost control.” Bloomberg reported.
A series of fires, including the Model S, also broke out.
2018, Tesla’s car driven by British television director Michael Morris Following another such incident involving the Model S model, it went up in flames. France in 2016.
Some fires related to Tesla Model S cars It was held in 2013.