Tesla Crash: Nobody Was Driving

Mon 19th Apr 2021

A road traffic accident that left two men dead involved a Tesla which had nobody behind the wheel according to crash investigators.

The incident, in Texas, USA happened on Saturday night when the Tesla hit a curb, crashed into a tree and burst into flames. According to eye-witnesses the Tesla was travelling at high speed and failed to negotiate the bend. Local police constable, Mark Herman, from the Harris County Precint 4 told news reporters that there was nobody driving the vehicle.

"They are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact," Herman told KHOU. "They feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle."

This is one of the most deadly incidences of Tesla’s Autopilot being misused, with a number of crashes across the United States allegedly being caused by the Tesla’s advanced driver-assistance being put into control of the vehicle. There is no evidence so far that Autopilot was engaged in the Texas accident.

The technology requires drivers to pay full attention to the driving when Autopilot is turned on, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a number of accidents involving Teslas, and the internet is full of YouTube videos where the driver is asleep at the wheel.

In the UK, the Tesla Autopilot feature is currently against the law, however the UK government is keen to fast-track driver-assistance technology to help reduce the number of accidents on motorways.