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The Tesla veered off the road and hit a tree.
Two men were in the vehicle with one person was in the front of the car and the other person was in the back seat. Their names were not identified at the time of this article.
What was shocking about this accident was there was no one in the driver’s seat.
“There was no one in the driver’s seat,” Sgt. Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4.
Was the driver trying to have fun while driving the car?
The preliminary investigation said no one was behind the wheel as reported to Houston KPRC2. The investigation is not finished.
In addition, reports show the 2019 Tesla Model S was driving fast when it failed to make a turn along a curve. The car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
Firefighters said it took about four hours to put out the fire as they used 23,000 gallons of water to put out the fire.
Elon Musk tweeted his comment on Twitter stating that Autopilot was not enabled and the car did not have FSD when initially purchased.
Musk added that for Autopilot to engage, the street would need lines to activate. The street where the car was driven did not have lanes.
Sergeant Umanzor said the two victims were born in 1962 and 1951. They were 59 and 69 years old.
It is odd to see two people doing stunts at this age. This would seem more likely for someone much younger. It will be interesting to see if the police or Tesla can figure out what really happened.
Tesla sells an automated driving system under the brand Autopilot and Full Self-Driving. The company offers a beta version of the FSD, FSD beta, for customers who pay $10,000 more.
Elon Musk said on the Joe Rogan show, “I think Autopilot’s getting good enough that you won’t need to drive most of the time unless you really want to.”
Houston Tesla crash from You Tube
What Tesla does to ensure the safety of its vehicles
Tesla’s Model 3, Model S, and Model X have achieved the lowest overall probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program. The cars have a low center of gravity.
The structure of the Tesla is based on the rigid, fortified structure of the battery pack that is mounted to the car’s floor. This provides Tesla with exceptional strength. Normally due to their strength, Tesla’s battery packs rarely incur serious damage in accidents.
In the event of a fire, the state-of-the-art design of our battery packs ensures that its safety system works as intended. This helps isolates a fire to select areas within the battery while simultaneously keeping heat away from the passenger cabin and the vehicle.
Since September 2014, active safety features are standard on all Tesla vehicles. This provides an added layer of safety beyond the physical structure of each car.
Tesla monitors and highlights the car’s safety record on its website. In the first quarter of 2021, Tesla recorded one accident for every 4.19 million miles in which a driver had Autopilot engaged.
For those who did not have Autopilot engaged, they had one accident for every 2.05 million miles.
For drivers who did not have Autopilot or Tesla active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 976 thousand miles.
In comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA showed there was a car crash every 484,000 miles.
In 2020, Tesla had one fire for every 205 million miles driven.
It will be interesting to see what the police or Tesla finds out about this accident occurred.