DETROIT (AP) – Federal security regulators have sent a team to investigate a deadly Tesla crash in a Houston suburb, with local authorities saying no one was behind the wheel.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it has sent a special accident investigation team to Spring, Texas to investigate an electric car crash Saturday night.
Investigators are “100% convinced” that no one was driving the 2019 Tesla Model S, which went off the road, hit a tree, ignited and collided with two people. This was stated by Mark Herman, four mayors of Harris County.
But they are still trying to find out if the electric car was running with the help of Tesla’s “Autopilot” driver system or if the company’s “Complete Self-Management” system was used.
One of the men was found in the front seat of a badly burned car and the other in the back seat.
“We are actively working with local law enforcement և Tesla to learn more about the details of the disaster և and take appropriate action when we have more information,” NHTSA said on Monday.
Investigators are in the process of obtaining several search warrants seeking evidence of the crash, but Herman will not say whether those guarantees are directed at Tesla. He said he did not know if investigators had spoken to Palo Alto, a California electric vehicle maker. In addition, investigators are working with the NHTSA և National Transportation Safety Board, both of which are investigating serious car accidents.
Tesla had serious problems with its Autopilot partially automated steering system, which was involved in several fatal crashes where it did not notice tractor trailers standing in front, crashed cars or a highway barrier. The NTSB has suggested to the NHTSA that es Tesla limit the ways in which the system can work safely, that Tesla install a more robust system to monitor drivers to make sure they are paying attention. Neither Tesla nor the agency took action.
He left a message on Monday morning for a comment from Tesla, which terminated the media relations department. The company has previously said that drivers using Autopilot should be prepared to intervene at any time. It says that the “Complete Self-Management” system cannot operate on its own, it must also be constantly monitored by drivers.
Investigators did not say how fast Tesla was driving at the time of the crash, but Herman said it was a high speed. He would not say if there was evidence that someone had stepped into the Tesla system to control the driver, who found force on the wheel in his hand. The system will give warnings և eventually the car will shut down if it does not detect hands. But critics say Tesla’s system is easy to deceive.
KHOU-TV reported that the car is a 2019 Tesla Model S, երկու the two men found in the car are 59 և 69 years old.
In the last few years, NHTSA has sent investigators to 27 Tesla crashes.