Two deaths after a Tesla accident. None of them were driving
New accident for Tesla. In Texas two men lost their lives after colliding with a tree north of Houston. The crash led to a fire, which took firefighters nearly 4 hours of work to extinguish. There was no one driving.
Tesla accident: what do we know?
The incident occurred at 21.00 local time, near Spring, location north of Houston (Texas). The car was one Tesla Model S of 2019 and, according to preliminary investigations, it seems to have missed a turning point, eventually crashing into a tree.
Two passengers on board, a 59-year-old man and a 69-year-old man, both died instantly. But none of them took the driver’s seat. In fact, one was in the passenger seat, the other was sitting in the back.
However, it is not yet clear what actually happened. In fact, at the moment there is no way to know if the Autopilot was activated or not. Even if that were the case, the car owner seems to have overestimated the capabilities of the system. It is true that Tesla speaks of “Full Self-Driving”, that is, of complete autonomous driving, but it is also true that today technology still requires the presence of the driver who must, among other things, always keep his hands on the wheel. If not, the car grabs his attention by reminding him to keep the correct position.
Two men dead after fiery crash in Tesla Model S.
“ are 100-percent certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact, ”Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. “They are positive.” # KHOU11 https://t.co/q57qfIXT4f pic.twitter.com/eQMwpSMLt2
– Matt Dougherty (@MattKHOU) April 18, 2021
Are the firefighters not ready yet?
That in Texas is not the first Tesla accident related to the Autopilot function. At the moment they are 23 clashes investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, this appears to be the first driverless to be fatal.
But whose fault is it? On the one hand, car owners seem to overestimate the capabilities of Autopilot, on the other hand Tesla’s monitoring system could be enhanced precisely to avoid misuse of the system.
This umpteenth incident then proves how the firefighters have not yet adapted to the management of electric cars. The firefighters took about 4 hours to extinguish the flames, turning directly to Tesla to understand how to do it. This obviously does not mean that electric cars are more dangerous than others. Firefighters simply have to get used to dealing with lithium battery accidents.