Two men have died in an accident involving a Tesla vehicle. The car, which is believed to have been operating without a driver, crashed into a tree just north of Houston, Texas.
Sergeant Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 claimed that “there was no one in the driver’s seat” when the crash occurred.
The vehicle that initiated the crash was allegedly a 2019 Tesla Model S. Prior to the accident, the car was traveling at a high speed when it improperly navigated a curve and deviated from the road. The car then crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
First responders struggled to put out the blaze. Ultimately, it took 30,000 gallons of water and over four hours to put out the flames.
When the authorities were finally able to extinguish the fire, they discovered the two deceased passengers.
CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, was previously quoted in January as saying that he is “highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year”. In the past, Musk has consistently denied the requests of Tesla engineers to incorporate better safety monitoring when a vehicle is in Autopilot, decrying such tech as being “ineffective.”