2 Dead Following a Tesla that was believed to be crashes on the trees

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Two men who were riding in Tesla, believed by local authorities to have nobody in the driver’s seat, fell into a tree and swooped into flames north of Houston on Saturday.

The Tesla, identified as a 2019 model only, was traveling at a high speed and could not turn correctly at a toll road and hit a tree, reported the local KPRC station. There was someone in the front seat of the car and the rear seat of the passenger.

Mark Herman, a Harris County four-man constable, told the Wall Street Journal that the government was still investigating whether the airbag had been moved to the front passenger seat. You also determine whether at the time of the crash the driver support system of the car or the autopilot was activated.

Herman said that his research so far shows nobody driving the Tesla.

“Our preliminary inquiry determines—but not yet finished—that the car had nobody at the wheel,” Herman said. “Any 99.9% of us are sure.”

According to the KPRC, Tesla burned hours with 32,000 gallons of water used by the authorities to extinguish fire because the battery of the car kept on fire. The law enforcement even called Tesla to ask officials of companies how to extinguish the battery fire.

Gizmodo contacted Tesla on Sunday for their comment, but at the time of publication, we did not receive an answer. If we do, we will update this blog but Tesla sacked his media team a couple of months ago.

The incident highlights Tesla’s Autopilot system’s current limitations, and also highlights the confusion.

Tesla affirms that her cars are not completely autonomous on a system support page on her website – two packages, Autopilot and Full Self-Driving. Tesla continues to say that “Active drivers supervision” is essential for the autopilot and full self-driving features.

Tesla says on its support page, “Autopilot and full self-driving capacity are for use with a completely careful driver, who has his hands in the wheel and is always ready to take over.” “While these features are designed over time to make the vehicle less autonomous, the features currently enabled do not.”

Nevertheless, it is misconception that Tesla’s cars can take fully self-sufficient measures now, as Jalopnik points out, with the names “Full Self-Driving” and that the driver can sleep, change seats, and remove their hands for longer periods. In 2018, the police pulled a driver in an autopilot enabled Tesla Model S drunken and sleeping at a wheel. The car was 70 miles an hour driving.

The same year, the Tesla Model S driver who activated Autopilot crashed into the Ford Fiesta empty space. The driver, who said at the time of the crash he looked at his phone, sued the company for misleading him into thinking that the car was “minimal input and oversight.”

This is not an isolated case. In early 2020, 14 investigations into Tesla crashen involving its automobile pilot system were opened by the National Road Traffic Safety Administration, the country’s car safety regulator.

The Journal notes that critics of Tesla say that the firm does not make drivers rely too much on or wrongly use their Autopilot systems. NHTSA has no rules on how producers should monitor the engagement of their drivers.