Elon Musk, the newly named “Technoking” of Tesla , has had a lot to say about his car company’s self-driving feature Autopilot, which may have played a role in the death Saturday of two passengers who were reportedly riding in a Tesla with nobody behind the wheel. The incident took place in Harris County, Texas, when a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and caught fire. As Newsweek reported , the fire burned for four hours and took 23,000 gallons of water to extinguish. It’s not yet been determined whether the Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the crash, but, according to KTRK, one victim was in the front passenger seat and the other was in the back. Musk has tweeted about the Autopilot feature six times this month, boasting about its ability to prevent crashes. Musk also recently touted the company’s first-quarter safety report for 2021, which said that Tesla recorded one accident per 4.19 million miles driven while the Autopilot feature was engaged. One of Musk’s boldest claims about the future of Autopilot is that it would “reduce accidents by a factor of 10.” He repeated the claim, which appears to have been first mentioned… Read full this story
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