date of publication:
Apr 19, 2021 0:45 GMT
Update date: Apr 19, 2021 8:43 GMT
Two people were killed in Texas after the Tesla car in which they were traveling jumped, slammed into a tree and caught fire. It is not clear if the robotic commander was carried out
Source: Amr Al-Zanati – Erm News
Two people were killed in Texas after the Tesla car in which they were traveling jumped, slammed into a tree and caught fire. It is not clear if the robotic driver was operational at the time of the accident.
Local TV station KHOU reported that the accident occurred Saturday night in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, when a high-speed Tesla car failed to overtake a bend and got off the road.
Once the fire was extinguished, first responders found the bodies of two men, one in the passenger seat and the other in the back seat.
According to a report published by the “Business Insider” website, investigators concluded that no one was in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident.
The fatal accident comes amid a new wave of Tesla accidents that may have involved autopilot, the automaker’s advanced driver assistance feature that comes standard on all of its new cars.
According to the report, autopilot automates some highway driving tasks, but it does not make cars self-driving, despite their moniker.
Tesla has been criticized for misinformation about the autopilot, which critics say exaggerates the power of the technology and calls on drivers to misuse it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the role of the robotic driver in more than 20 Tesla accidents, including numerous vehicle crashes with emergency vehicles standing on the side of the road.