Over the weekend, two men, aged 59 and 69, died when the Tesla Model S they were in pulled off the road, hit a tree and caught fire. As KHOU 11 reported, investigators claim their bodies were found in the front passenger seat and in the back seat, and Constable Mark Herman told reporters investigators were “100% sure no one was in the seat of the driver behind the wheel of this vehicle at the time of impact ”.
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Data logs recovered so far show that the autopilot was not activated and this car did not purchase an FSD.
Also, the standard autopilot would require the lane lines to light up, which this street did not have.
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In light of the investigators’ statements, this raises the question of whether this is an example of Automatic pilot or beta “Full autonomous driving mode, “a level two driving assistant who is not supposed to drive the car alone without someone behind the wheel. Although Tesla has not publicly commented on the accident, Elon Musk tweeted on Monday addressing it directly, telling a supporter “Your research as an individual is better than the pros … Data logs collected so far show that the autopilot was not activated and this car did not purchase FSD.”
Musk did not detail what data was retrieved from the vehicle at this time, while the NTSB mentionned he sends two investigators to investigate the accident and the post-crash fire. Likewise, investigators did not explain in detail why they are so certain that no one was behind the wheel at the time of the wreckage.
However, there have been examples of Tesla owners with the autopilot on while unable / inattentive or out of the driver’s seat. One person on Twitter rejected Musk’s claim that the autopilot was not activated on this street, post a video showing him working in a street with no lines. A journalist for KPRC 2 spoke with the brother-in-law of one of the men in the crash, who said the owner of the car backed him up into the driveway and then jumped into the back before driving off and off crash a few hundred yards from where the journey began. For now, we’ll have to wait for more evidence to understand exactly what caused the crash and a fire that burned for nearly four hours.
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