One of the two victims killed in Texas, near Houston, in the crash of a Tesla has been identified as William Varner, a Doctor. Verner is a medical director in Texas. The second victim is yet to be identified. As of now, Elon Musk and local police are clashing over whether the car was on autopilot or not. Officials have suggested that there was no one in the driver’s seat, however, Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, has said that the car was not on Autopilot.
According to the authorities, the Tesla Model S went off a road, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames. They added that it appeared as if no one was driving the car. However, Musk tweeted on Monday that reviewed data logs showed that the car wasn’t using Tesla’s Autopilot feature. He added that the owner of the car had not purchased the carmaker’s more advanced driver-assistance suite, “Full Self Driving”.
Autopilot mode makes the car stay centered in a lane. This does not mean that cars automatically become autonomous. The electric car maker, the CEO of Tesla, has received criticism for not doing enough to make sure drivers are using the Autopilot mode correctly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also looking into and investigating Autopilot’s role in more than 20 recent Tesla crashes.
Reported by: Ehtisham