MOSCOW: A Tesla Mannequin three electrical automotive caught fireplace after crashing right into a parked tow truck on a Moscow motorway late on Saturday, with the Tesla driver saying he had didn’t see the automobile with which he collided.
Requested in a video revealed on REN TV web site if he was utilizing an Autopilot self-driving system, driver Alexei Tretyakov stated he was in a drive help mode wherein he was nonetheless holding the steering wheel.
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has stood by security claims for its Mannequin three within the face of regulatory scrutiny, whereas paperwork confirmed the highest U.S. automotive security watchdog issued at the least 5 subpoenas since final yr searching for details about crashes involving the corporate’s autos.
Tretyakov stated was driving at round 100 km (62 miles) per hour — the pace restrict — when the automotive crashed on its left aspect into the stationary tow truck that he had not seen.
Footage of the incident on state TV channel Rossiya 24 confirmed the automotive by the aspect of the street engulfed in flames and thick black smoke. Two small explosions occurred inside a couple of seconds of one another and the steel body of the automobile was all that remained after the fireplace, TV footage confirmed.
Russia’s RIA state information company web site posted a video displaying the automotive driving within the left-hand lane of Moscow’s ring street, referred to as the MKAD, earlier than crashing right into a tow truck parked by a security fence that separates the carriageway from oncoming visitors.