According to the data that the company has been able to access so far, the vehicle had not turned on the autopilot, the CEO reported on Twitter. Musk also reported that the car had not been purchased with a fully self-driving option.
According to the preliminary investigation by the police, it was “almost 99.9 percent certain” that no one was behind the wheel during the accident. A police spokesperson in Harris County, Texas, said on Monday that according to initial findings, one occupant was in the passenger seat and the other in the backseat when the car left the road and hit a tree.
However, Musk responded by stating that the standard autopilot needs road stripes to function and there were none on this road. Tesla also always points out that the driver should still have their hands on the wheel and always be ready to take control.
The case is under further investigation, including by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) traffic service. Police in Texas will collect the data from Tesla on Tuesday with search warrants, a police officer reported to Reuters news agency.