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AUTOPILOT

Two men die in an accident of a Tesla that nobody was driving

Although the Autopilot functions are becoming more powerful over time, they do not currently make a vehicle autonomous.
A Tesla electric car charging the batteries. Photo: Pixabay.
A Tesla electric car charging the batteries. Photo: Pixabay.

Two men died in Texas in the crash of a Tesla car which police think no one was driving, US media reported Sunday.

One of the men was in the passenger seat and the other in the rear seat when the car went off the road, hit a tree and then caught fire the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported, cited a police spokesman in Harris County in the US state of Texas.

According to preliminary investigations, police are "almost 99.9 per cent sure" that no one was behind the wheel, the spokesman said, as cited by the Wall Street Journal.

The paper reported that authorities are still investigating whether the vehicle's driver-assistance programme was turned on.

Autopilot function

Tesla's official advice states that the Autopilot function on its cars reduces the driver's workload, but that it should be used with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over.

Although the functions are becoming more powerful over time, they do not currently make a vehicle autonomous.

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