Tesla Model S Crashes Into Tree on Autopilot Mode, No One Was Driving It

by Jatin Chhibber | 20/04/2021
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A Tesla Model S recently got crashed into a tree while driven on the autopilot model. Both passengers sitting inside the car were using the passenger seats, leaving the driver seat unoccupied.

Recently, two men of age 59 and 70 passed away after their Tesla Model S was being driven on autopilot mode, crashed into a tree on Saturday night. North of Houston. Sgt. Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 said, “There was no one sitting in the driver’s seat.” As per a local TV station, the 2019 Tesla Model S was travelling at high speeds, when it failed to inspect a corner and went off the road after which it crashed into a tree and was burst into flames. 


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After extinguishing the fire, the local authorities took out both occupants from the car, with one passenger in the front seat, while the other one was sitting in the back seat of the EV. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s report said that the Tesla and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not respond to a request for a comment on the incident. This accident occurs in the middle of an inspection on Tesla’s semi-automated driving system following recent crashes. The carmaker is planning to introduce an updated “full self-driving” software. The U.S auto safety agency said last month, they opened 27 investigations into Tesla car crashes with at least three of the crashes occurred recently.



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Back in January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he expects to make massive profits from the new full self-driving software, stating that he is “highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year." Nevertheless, to achieve great success, self-driving technology has to overcome safety as well as regulatory hurdles first. Recently, the carmaker introduced the new safety 2021 variant of Model S and is offered in three different trim levels namely- Long Range, Plaid and Plaid +. All trims are powered by a 100kWh battery pack, which powers two different motors in the Long Range and three motors in the other two trims. In all three variants, the claimed range is over 600kms. 

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