The city of Texas recorded two deaths after a ghastly accident involving two men in a Tesla vehicle that went ablaze. There was no one in the driver's seat. Here are the details concerning the tragedy.
Tesla automobiles are costly, and like many vehicle brands, the manufacturers try to upgrade their engines and look while they market it to a wide range of audiences.
According to their website, Tesla's Autopilot uses ultrasonic sensors, has eight cameras around it, and a forward-facing radar to enable a self-drive with no one in the driver's seat.
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However, the makers of this car also advised that the current Autopilot features should be supervised because the vehicle is not autonomous. Recently, the brand topped headlines as two men ages 69 and 59 were killed while in a 2019 Tesla Model S vehicle in Texas.
Reports confirmed that the car crashed into a tree and in no time was on fire. This incident happened on Saturday, 11:25 pm, in the Carlton Woods area of Spring.
Harris County Pct. Constable Mark Herman, who reported to the scene, explained to news outlets that the vehicle was riding at full speed when it reached a slight bend on the roadway, leading it to swerve and run about 100 meters before colliding into a tree.
According to one of the deceased's wives, the men chatted about the Tesla vehicle's autopilot features before the crash.
Local authorities and firefighters attended to the fiery accident that burned the vehicle into an unrecognizable state. The fire continued for nearly four hours. Firefighters used 32,000 gallons of water before the flames thinned out.
Hermes revealed that it was an unlikely fire because of the time it took to be extinguished. They had to reach out to Elon Musk, Tesla's owner, for directions on extinguishing the flames.
After the blaze went off, a rescue team searched the automobile only to recover two dead male bodies—one was belted in the passenger seat while the other was behind.
Sources confirmed that there was no one handling the steering wheel. According to one of the deceased's wives, the men chatted about the Tesla vehicle's autopilot features before the crash.
This leaves authorities with the notion that they were trying it out, as there was nobody in the driver's seat. Still, there are ongoing investigations to corroborate this properly.
Before the accident, Musk tweeted that the Autopilot gives the vehicle a lower chance of accidents than any automobile in the market. A few hours later, the Tesla owner explained that the Autopilot feature "was not enabled" in the crashed car and that the owners did not purchase FSD.
Many have criticized the brand stating that the accident proves that self-driving cars are not a reality. Jake Fisher, a senior director for consumer reports, maintained that what the brand preaches is not in existence yet.