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Crashed Tesla probably wasn't in autopilot mode

It's unclear why the driver wasn't behind the steering wheel

12.May.21 7:06 AM
By Abigail Richards
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Crashed Tesla probably wasn't in autopilot mode
The self-driving function of the Tesla that crashed in the U.S. State of Texas last month was supposedly disabled, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Two men were killed in the accident.

According to police, the 2019 Tesla Model S flew out of the bend at great speed, came to a halt against a tree and then caught fire. According to police, no one was driving the vehicle at that time, because the occupants were in the front passenger's seat and the back seat.

After the accident, the police assumed that Autopilot, Tesla's self-driving function, was engaged at that time. The NTSB investigation now shows that this was most likely not the case. The self-driving function was not available on the road where the accident occurred.

According to the NTSB, it is possible that the cruise control was enabled, but this needs to be further investigated. For the time being, it is unclear why there was no one behind the wheel. The NTSB hopes to publish a more detailed report later this year.

In recent times, several Tesla's have crashed in the United States. There are currently dozens of investigations in the country into the car brand.

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