Autopilot Not to Blame in Fatal Accident Involving Model S, Tesla Says

A fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S did not have the Autopilot feature activated at the time of the incident.

The tragic accident occurred in the Netherlands earlier this week, with the Model S colliding into a tree and parts of the battery pack catching on fire. The American automaker has released a statement concerning the accident, saying that it “can confirm from the car’s logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven at more than 155 kph (96 mph),” Electrek reports.

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Following the accident, Tesla dispatched technicians to the scene of the crash because firefighters requested assistance. Ronald Boer, spokesman for the firefighters, said: “If the car was on four wheels, the fire brigade normally has no difficulty to turn off the batteries. However, this car is completely destroyed, hampering the recovery. In this situation, you never know what can happen.”

[Source: Electrek]

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