A Tesla car concerned in a collision burst into flames and exploded on a freeway close to Moscow final night time, local media reported. The occupants had been barely injured, however the automotive is toast.
The mannequin of the automotive is just not clear from the report, however seems to be a Mannequin S or Mannequin 3. It was ruled by a 41-year-old Russian man who had his youngsters with him. Allegedly he had switched on a driver help operate (though not essentially Autopilot) and he was in management when he crashed on a tow truck within the left lane.
The motive force broke his legs and the kids got here away with solely bruises, Reuters reported, however the automotive wasn't very fortunate. A while after the crash the automotive caught hearth, and shortly thereafter just a few explosions occurred in his physique, as apparently recorded (I couldn’t affirm this instantly) within the following video posted by somebody in visitors within the different path:
Firefighters arrived rapidly and extinguished the flames. The circumstances of this crash are nonetheless unclear and an investigation will undoubtedly be initiated as a result of there are critical issues resembling this. I’ve requested Tesla for extra data and can replace this message once I hear about it.
Whereas vehicles repeatedly crash and catch hearth, Teslas have a uncommon however recurring downside burst into flames after a crash, and even spontaneously. The distinctive risks of battery-based autos are in fact attention-grabbing, however the sensational nature of experiences round them can even give a false thought of these risks. Tesla vehicles fall nearly as typically as different autos, however fires are uncommon.
Whether or not Autopilot was concerned in that is additionally not clear. The motive force help mode that the motive force used was maybe simply cruise management or one thing, and the motive force instructed papers that he had not observed the tow truck. Till extra info are identified, hypothesis is fruitless.