Two people were killed in an accident with a suspected self-driving car of the Tesla brand in the United States.
According to a police spokesperson quoted by the Wall Street Journal, initial findings indicate that one victim was seated in the front passenger seat while the other was in the back of the car when the car suddenly deviated from the road on a bend and crashed into it. A tree popped.
According to the first elements of the investigation, it is ‘almost 99.9 percent certain’ that no one was behind the wheel at the time of the accident, according to the police spokesperson.
The newspaper also reported that it is currently being investigated whether the car’s driver assistance system was turned on. Tesla calls its driver assistance system an autopilot, but the company stresses that someone still needs to be with their hands on the wheel to intervene when necessary.
The police’s findings were made more difficult because the vehicle burned for hours, perhaps an effect of the battery.