Last Saturday, a terrible accident aboard a Tesla claimed the lives of two men. Immediately, local newspapers overwhelmed the Autopilot by calling this Tesla an autonomous vehicle. It is important to remember that Tesla does not sell any autonomous vehicle, Autopilot unlike its name is nothing other than a technology capable of providing driver assistance functions.
Elon Musk will finally speak on Twitter, explaining that he consulted the “data logs” of the vehicle in question, and affirms that Autopilot was absolutely not activated during the accident. However, this case remains intriguing, since neither of the two men on board was behind the wheel during the disaster. One was in the front passenger seat, while the other was in the back seat.
Your research as a private individual is better than professionals @WSJ!
Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled & this car did not purchase FSD.
Moreover, standard Autopilot would require lane lines to turn on, which this street did not have.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2021
Congress takes an interest in this accident
Today, this accident is taking on new proportions since two American senators wish to open a more detailed investigation in order to understand whether the Autopilot is involved or not. Ed Markey, Senator from Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, Senator from Connecticut, have called on federal regulators to take action to prevent further misuse of the Autopilot in the future.
Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Steven Cliff, Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which read: “We urge you to conduct a full investigation into the fatal Tesla vehicle crash. Saturday and develop recommendations for improving automated driving and driver assistance systems. We look forward to working with you and the NTSB to implement policy changes that prevent these preventable deaths from happening and save lives. ” Case to follow.