https://www.autoblog.com/2021/04/18/tes ... riverless/
Two die in Tesla crash in Texas with nobody behind the wheel
Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which was believed to be operating without anyone in the driver's seat, crashed into a tree on Saturday night north of Houston, authorities said.
“There was no one in the driver’s seat," Sgt. Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 said.
The 2019 Tesla Model S was traveling at a high rate of speed, when it failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway, crashing to a tree and bursting into flames, local television station KHOU-TV said.
After the fire was extinguished, authorities located 2 occupants in the vehicle, with one in the front passenger seat while the other was in the back seat of the Tesla, the report said, citing Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman. . . .
Apparently yet another case where Tesla's failure to respond to the NTSB's safety recommendation led to unnecessary fatalities:
H-17-42: To the manufacturers of vehicles equipped with Level 2 automation systems . . . [names of manufacturers] - Develop applications to more effectively sense the driver's level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking while automated vehicle control systems are in use. (Status: Open -- Acceptable Response. Tesla Status: Open -- Unacceptable Response).
Meanwhile, Tesla has put a totally unready FSD in the hands of public Beta testers. The videos are concerning, since the whole point of ADS is that they should be safer than human drivers, rather than requiring human drivers to constantly correct dangerous mistakes being made by the system.