On the evening of April 17, a 2019 Tesla Model S electric car crashed in Texas north of Houston. The car with two passengers in the cabin crashed into a tree and caught fire, and no one was driving at that moment. The media suggested that the electric car was driving on autopilot, but the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, said that this was impossible.
According to the police, the rescuers who arrived at the scene of the accident found two victims in the car: one of the victims was found in the front passenger seat, and the other in the back. According to the preliminary version, the Tesla Model S was traveling at high speed, did not fit into a turn, crashed into a tree and caught fire.
Elon Musk commented on the incident on Twitter. He stated that not a full-fledged Full Self Driving “autopilot” was installed on the burned-out car (while Tesla classifies it only as a second level system), but its simplified version, which, firstly, could not be activated if driving there was no one, and secondly, it does not work on roads without street markings, and it was on such a road that the accident occurred.
The head of Tesla also confirmed that the automaker has some data on the accident at its disposal. Probably, we are talking about such parameters as speed and trajectory of movement.
Amid news of a fatal accident involving Tesla’s electric car, the company’s shares on the NASDAQ fell 6.5 percent to $ 691.96. By the evening of April 19, the value of securities corrected to $ 713.8.