Things to consider:
- The Tesla vehicle smashed in a tree and burst into flames.
- Two men died in the incident. One on the passenger seat and the other is at the rear passenger seat.
- Based on a preliminary investigation, police told KPRC 2 they believe no one is driving it.
Casualties in the accident with Tesla
Two men died in a car accident involving Tesla in Spring, Texas on Saturday night. Apparently nobody was behind the wheel, according to local police interviewed by NBC KPRC 2.
The Tesla vehicle hit a tree and burst into flames. As a result, one person in the front passenger seat, and another in the rear passenger seat dead.
According to the initial investigation, police told KPRC 2 they believe no one is driving it. Meanwhile, they have not finished their comprehensive investigation.
On the other hand, the police did not answer CNBC’s questions. Therefore, leaving a mystery about whether the driver could have transferred, or ejected from his seat during or after the crash.
Fire fighters used approximately 32,000 gal of water and spent hours to stop the fire from that electronic vehicle.
Tesla sells automated driving systems under the brand monikers Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving (FSD).
A “beta” version of Full Self Driving (FSD beta) software to some of their customers who have the premium FSD option, at the cost of US$10,000.
Statements from Musk
On a Feb 11 in an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said: “I think Autopilot’s getting good enough that you won’t need to drive most of the time, unless you really want to.”
Tesla Autopilot and FSD are not capable of controlling the electric vehicles in all normal driving circumstances.
Many Tesla fans and influencers share videos on social media websites showing people driving hands free for prolonged periods, asleep at the wheel or with nobody in the driver’s seat.
Actor Jamie Foxx’s video on his YouTube channel where he pretended to be asleep at the wheel of a Tesla Model 3, operating it hands free with his eyes closed.
Meanwhile, a Munich court actually banned Tesla from using phrases equivalent to Autopilot features and Full Self-Driving capability in its advertising.
This to say that, some language misled consumers, hence, overstating the capabilities of the cars.
Fed about autopilot driving
The news of the crash occurred as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during, its evaluating comments from the public that it sought in advance of proposed bylaws.
Fed has not regulated automated driving systems yet.
Musk proclaimed the company’s self-reported, first quarter accident data, after that, the report of the fatal crash in Spring occurred.
Meanwhile, Musk tweeted on Twitter: “Tesla with Autopilot engaged now approaching 10 times lower chance of accident than average vehicle.”
Chances of having an accident in an Autopilot vehicle
Based on Tesla’s gathered data but hasn’t shared with third parties for independent analysis.
The company said: “We registered one accident for every 4.19 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged.
One accident every 2.05 million miles drivers were registered driving without Autopilot.
For those driving having no Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 978 thousand miles driven.”
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