Autopilot Not to Blame in Fatal Accident Involving Model S, Tesla Says

Autopilot Not to Blame in Fatal Accident Involving Model S, Tesla Says

A fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S did not have the Autopilot feature activated at the time of the incident.

The tragic accident occurred in the Netherlands earlier this week, with the Model S colliding into a tree and parts of the battery pack catching on fire. The American automaker has released a statement concerning the accident, saying that it “can confirm from the car’s logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven at more than 155 kph (96 mph),” Electrek reports.

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Following the accident, Tesla dispatched technicians to the scene of the crash because firefighters requested assistance. Ronald Boer, spokesman for the firefighters, said: “If the car was on four wheels, the fire brigade normally has no difficulty to turn off the batteries. However, this car is completely destroyed, hampering the recovery. In this situation, you never know what can happen.”

[Source: Electrek]

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  • smartacus

    How does a big expensive, supposedly safety-oriented toastla burst into flames at only 96MPH when Putin’s limo driver smacked that regular car at close to 250kph with neither car catching fire??

  • Eli Meyer

    The Tesla hit a tree, which is an immovable object, resulting in rear instantaneous deceleration. Whit you hit a car, the other car bounces off, like a pool ball, absorbing and diverting the impact energy. It is very different.

  • smartacus

    WRONGO 🙂
    Hitting a tree at 155kph is not more likely to cause a fire than a 250kph car and 100kph car bouncing off each other like pool balls.