Two men died in a Tesla crash in Spring, Texas, on Saturday night, and it appeared no one was behind the wheel, according to local police interviewed.
The Tesla vehicle, a 2019 Model S, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, according to the reports. One person was found in the front passenger seat, and another in the rear passenger seat. Based on a preliminary investigation, police told KPRC 2 they believe nobody had been behind the wheel.
According to police statements made by the wives of the two deceased men, minutes before the crash, the wives of the men involved heard them say they wanted to go for a drive and were talking about the vehicle’s Autopilot feature.
Tesla sells automated driving systems under the brand monikers Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving (FSD). It also releases a “beta” version of Full Self Driving (FSD beta) software to some customers who have the premium FSD option, which costs $10,000.