According to US reports, two men were killed in a collision in Texas while riding in a Tesla car that police say almost likely had no one behind the wheel.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the car crashed into a tree and burst into flames late Saturday north of Houston, according to Harris County constable Mark Herman.
“Our early analysis is establishing – although it isn’t complete yet – that no one was driving that car,” he said. “We’re nearly 99.9% certain.”
One of the two men was seated in the front passenger seat and the other in the back seat when police arrived.
Police haven’t decided if the driver-side airbag deployed or the car’s driver assistance system was enabled at the time of the accident, according to Herman.
The local police could not be reached for comment by AFP.
Tesla warns on its website that the driver assistance systems it sells do not allow its cars fully self-driving, and that active driver control is still needed.
However, videos also show Teslas driving while sleeping or with their hands off the wheel for long stretches of time.