This weekend, the small town of Spring, Texas, was tragic. Two men were killed in a traffic accident in a Tesla. The vehicle landed in a tree before it caught fire. This news could have stayed local, but one worrying element made it particularly interesting. When the emergency services arrived on site, they discovered the two charred bodies, but no one in the driver’s seat.
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One was in the passenger seat, the other in the back. Local newspapers immediately questioned the Tesla autopilot, which already doesn’t have a very positive image. Some media outlets have even stated it was an accident in an autonomous car, but Tesla is not offering this type of vehicle for sale. Despite its misleading name, autopilot is nothing more than a technology that can provide driver assistance functions.
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But did that really happen? Was the autopilot really on? Last night, Elon Musk, who so far has been particularly discreet on this case, took the floor on Twitter. Tesla’s CEO went to the trouble of responding to a user who replied to a post in the Wall Street Journal.
This user stated in his tweet that this situation seemed strange because to activate the autopilot, the car detects if someone is in the driver’s seat and often asks to put their hands on the steering wheel. Elon Musk responded by congratulating the user on his observations, which he thought were much more relevant than those submitted by professional journalists to the Wall Street Journal.
Your research as a private person is better than that of professionals @WSJ!
Data logs restored so far show that autopilot was not activated and this car did not purchase an FSD.
In addition, a standard autopilot would require switching on lane lines that this road did not have.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2021
In his response, Elon Musk explains that he was able to look at the vehicle’s “data logs” to check whether the autopilot was activated or not. And the answer is no, autopilot has not been activated. In addition, the owner of this car was in no way on the list of users of the beta version of the Full Self-Driving Program. Be continued …