Two men died on Saturday in a Tesla crash in the U.S. State of Texas. Presumably the self-driving function was switched on and there was no one in the driver’s seat, the authorities report Sunday.
According to the police, the 2019 Tesla Model S flew out of the bend at great speed, then crashed into a tree and then caught fire.
The first study shows that the two occupants were in the front passenger’s seat and the back seat. It is still being investigated whether the autopilot, as the self-driving function is also called, of the car was switched on.
The accident comes at an unfortunate time for the company, which plans to make the software for the fully self-driving car soon available to more customers. The technology is promoted by Tesla as a safer way of driving.
There have been several Tesla crashes in the United States lately. There are currently 27 investigations into the car brand in the country. The American company of Elon Musk was not available for comment on Sunday.
The Tesla CEO said in January that he is confident that the Autopilot will drive more reliably than a human driver within a few years. The company stresses that the driver still needs his hands on the wheel to take control if necessary.