Elon Musk has defended Tesla’s autopilot feature regarding the fatal crash of a 2019 Tesla Model S in Texas, where local police say there was nobody behind the wheel of the vehicle.
According to reports, local police and drivers on the road saw the Tesla driving with nobody in the drivers seat before it veered off the road and hit a tree on Saturday evening. The large battery was punctured, causing the vehicle to burst into flames per preliminary investigative findings.
Two men, currently unidentified by media sources, were killed as a result of the crash. One was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat while the other was supposedly in the back seat. Their ages were 59 and 69 years old.
Elon Musk took to Twitter on Monday, posting: “Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled & this car did not purchase FSD. Moreover, standard Autopilot would require lane lines to turn on, which this street did not have.” Musk was also critical of the Wall Street Journal article that examined the crash.
According to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, the preliminary findings show that there was nobody in the drivers seat. “We are 99.9% sure,” said Herman in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have launched official investigations into the crash, with officials concerned that this outcome could happen again.
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