Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:47

Tesla Texas Crash: NTSB Report Says ‘Autosteer Not Available’ Where Crash Occurred

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati


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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report regarding the Tesla Model S crash in Texas that occurred in April.

The NTSB said testing of an exemplar car at the crash location revealed Autosteer “was not available on that part of the road.” However, Tesla’s Traffic Aware Cruise Control “could be” engaged by the NTSB during its testing.


The crash occurred April 17 near Spring, TX. Initial reports indicate the vehicle was equipped with the capability to operate with Autopilot, Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. However, Autopilot is not available for use on every public road in existence.


While mainstream media reports quickly jumped to the conclusion that Autopilot was responsible for the crash after claims the Model S was “driverless,” the NTSB and NHTSA announced an investigation would take place to determine whether the vehicle was operating with Autopilot at the time of the crash.


NTSB findings via a security camera at the owner’s home showed the owner entered the driver’s seat and the passenger entered the front passenger’s seat. "The video also showed the car slowly entering the roadway and then accelerating down the road away from the camera and out of sight,” the NTSB added.


The crash was violent, and after colliding with a tree, the Model S caught fire, and both occupants of the vehicle were killed.


The vehicle fire started upon impact with the high-voltage lithium-ion battery case, the report states. The fire destroyed the car, but it was put out in less time than was initially reported. 


Palmer Buck, fire chief for the Woodland Township Fire Department, spoke to the media regarding some reports the fire raged on for four hours. This was false; Buck said it took two to three minutes for the fire to be extinguished.


However, the main concern of the wreck was...

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