DETROIT (AP) – According to a government report on Monday, the owner of a Tesla got into the driver’s seat of the car shortly before a fatal accident in suburban Houston.
However, the preliminary report of the accident that killed two men does not explain the mystery why authorities did not find anyone behind the wheel of the car, which went up in flames after crashing about 500 meters from the owner’s home. It is also not conclusively stated whether the partially automated driver assistance system “Autopilot” from Tesla was in operation at the time of the crash, although this seems unlikely.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is still investigating all aspects of the crash. However, a built-in data storage device in the console was destroyed by fire. A computer that records the status of the airbag and seat belt, as well as speed and acceleration, has been damaged and is being examined in an NTSB laboratory.