A crash involving a Tesla Model S in Texas killed two passengers. We say “passengers” instead of “occupants” because it appears there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. At least, that’s what authorities claim.
Authorities say there was no one in the driver’s seat of a Tesla car that crashed on Wednesday night, killing the driver. The car, which is designed to not allow anyone to access the controls, was in autopilot mode when it crashed into a stationary firetruck at 65 mph.
After the fatal Tesla crash, authorities claim that it was not a car driver at the wheel. Elon Musk issued a statement about the crash and said that the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system was activated during the crash. The car had been in autopilot mode for approximately 34 minutes before the accident happened.
On Tuesday, March 28, a Tesla Model X veered off of Highway 101 near Mountain View in San Mateo County, California. The vehicle had autopilot engaged at the time of the accident. The driver told police he was watching a movie and didn’t see the other car that entered his lane until it was too late.
In the Tesla crash, no one was in the driver’s seat when the car crashed into a median, according to authorities. The driver of the Tesla was likely watching something on her phone and failed to see another vehicle approaching.
On Wednesday, Tesla confirmed that a crash involving its Autopilot was the cause of a wreck near Mt. Vernon, Washington. The car in question had been on Autopilot, which activated as soon as it detected bad weather. It made two attempts to avoid hitting a truck and then into a lane divider before running into the side of an 18-wheeler.
On Tuesday, a Tesla car collided with a truck while the driver was looking at the Model S touchscreen. This was what Elon Musk tweeted after the accident: “The driver advanced to the automation level 8 setting while using Autopilot, an automated driving system that uses sensors to keep the car in its lane and a radar to detect objects.”