Final evening, a Tesla car concerned in a collision caught hearth and exploded on a freeway close to Moscow, native media reported. The occupants have been barely injured, however the automotive is sporting toast.
The mannequin of the automotive just isn’t clear, however it appears to behave from a mannequin S or from a mannequin three. It was pushed by a 41-year-old Russian man who had his youngsters with him. He would have used a driver help operate (however not essentially the autopilot) and would have had his fingers on the steering wheel when he got here throughout a tow truck within the left lane.
The driving force broke his legs and the youngsters acquired away with accidents, reported Reuters, however the automotive was not so fortunate. A while after the accident, the automotive caught hearth and, shortly after, a pair of explosions occurred in his physique, apparently captured (I couldn’t affirm immediately) within the following video posted by an individual within the rolling visitors within the different path:
Firefighters arrived quickly and extinguished the flames. The circumstances of this accident are nonetheless unclear and there’ll undoubtedly be an investigation, as for any major problem of this sort. I requested Tesla for extra particulars and I’ll replace this put up if I heard it.
As vehicles crush and catch hearth pretty repeatedly, Teslas encounters a uncommon however recurrent fire-burst downside, even spontaneous. The distinctive risks of battery automobiles are in fact fascinating, however the sensational nature of the data that surrounds them can even give a false thought of these risks. Tesla vehicles collide about as typically as different automobiles, however fires are uncommon.
The query of whether or not the autopilot was concerned just isn’t clear both. The driving force help mode that the motive force was utilizing was maybe only a cruise management or the like, and the motive force advised the press that he had not observed the tow truck. Till different info are recognized, hypothesis is futile.