Elon Musk denies Tesla's automated driving systems were involved in fatal crash in Texas
Updated: 2021-04-20 13:42:19 KST
Elon Musk has denied that Tesla's automated driving systems caused a car crash in Texas.
He tweeted on Monday local time that according to his company's review, the car did not have the Full Self Driving package, and that its Autopilot package, Tesla's partially automated driving system, was not enabled.
He added that the road where the crash took place did not have the required lane lines which Autopilot needs in order to operate.
Responding to Elon Musk's comments, Texas police will obtain a search warrant against Tesla on Tuesday local time to secure data from the crash, so they can determine whether the company's Autopilot was active when the crash happened.
On Saturday local time, the 2019 Tesla S was driving at high speed near Houston.
The electric vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and came off the road, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
Two passengers were in the car, with one person being found in the front passenger seat and the other in the back.
They both died in the crash.
Local police said they believe no one had been behind the wheel, but added they are still investigating.
Tesla's automated driving system comes with two packages for purchase, Autopilot and Full Self-Driving or simply FSD.
Autopilot can adjust a cars speed automatically based on the traffic and perform some assistance in steering.
FSD's features include allowing cars to change lane and park by themselves.
Tesla first released a beta version of FSD software to some customers in October last year.
Musk said last month that Tesla plans to increase the number of participants.
However, both systems are still intended for use with a driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.
Following the car crash, Tesla's shares dropped three.four percent on Monday, closing at 714.six three dollars.
Seo Eunkyung, Arirang News.