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Watch: Tesla On Autopilot In Moscow Slams Into Tow Truck, Explodes Into Flames

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Just days after we reported that Tesla could be on the verge of a formal investigation by the NHTSA, a father and his two kids in Moscow both suffered serious injuries after their Tesla Model S on Autopilot slammed into a tow truck before bursting into flames, according to RT.

Shocking video footage from a vehicle passing the accident in the opposing lane captures the moment that the Tesla explodes, going up in flames and “shocking oncoming drivers”.

 

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This video, around the 2 minute mark, shows a driver passing what can only be described as the smoldering wreckage of the Tesla after the finally was finally under control.

The accident took place on Moscow’s Ring Road on Saturday evening and initial reports are blaming the car’s Autopilot system for failing to recognize a stopped tow truck that was attending to a vehicle on the road.

Both the driver and his children were rushed to the hospital before the Tesla caught fire. The driver suffered a concussion and a leg fracture and the children suffered cervical spine and chest injuries.

Video of the initial incident shows the Tesla, in the left hand lane, failing to move over for a stopped tow truck and driving directly into the stopped vehicle.

With more Teslas on the road now than ever, it feels as though the “watershed” moment that’ll prompt the NHTSA to take serious and swift action against the company, in order to protect drivers, might not be that far away.

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  • National Pride

    I don’t care what some charismatic billionaire says; I don’t trust a machine to drive for me.

    • Rob

      But if you are on long route and you get asleep during driving so at least there should be some autopilot system in the vehicle to take control of the vehicle and save the significant lives inside the vehicle.

      Most road accidents happened at night time when the driver get asleep and lose control on the vehicle on long journey. So either the vehicle fill in the deep valley or struck with the opposit coming vehicle.

      Second if the driver has not enough training or has some mental issues so then autopilot avoids accidents on the roads.

      So in brief electric cars and autopilot are our future. It will be a standard in every single car and government will not allow any car without autopilot on the roads.

  • wwinsti

    Does anyone less Google averse than I am know if Tesla uses the new RF1234yf refrigerant? I’ve heard that stuff is crazy flammable.

  • Rob

    Permanent magnet motors for vehicle’s driving are better options instead of traditional electric motors with larger batteries.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Russia should be the first country to ban Tesla’s from it’s roads in the interests of Russia’s public safety and security.

  • FlorianGeyer

    More proof if needed that artificial intelligence is not ‘well educated’ for the real world, and that US artificial intelligence is as Smart as all too many Americans are these days.

    Smart Arses Inc.

    • PZIVJ

      But at least the car was smart enough to blow up after the people where vacated.
      Are those lithium batteries blowing up? Really bad news, acid released in gas form, so stay away and don’t breath. But it is very eco friendly! :D

      • FlorianGeyer

        I suppose the Tesla/US inquiry will determine that it was a white Russian scientist who was personally ordered by President Putin to cause the explosion, and that Russia is now a further threat to US interests. :)

      • democritos

        Lithium forms base: LiOH.

        • PZIVJ

          In a runaway reaction like a fire.
          The electrolyte can form hydrofluoric acid HF.
          And if heated can escape in it’s gas form.
          Not sure why the fluoride is there, this is what I have read.

    • occupybacon

      That’s what they said about the trains 200 years ago, that the human body can’t survive the speed, blahblah. Technology works only forward not backward. Bad Americans made computers and Internet for naive Russians to take selfies from skyscrapers and to fall from there.

      • Daniel Miller

        No one has ever said that about trains,also the computer was a british invention you ignorant retard.But then again you thought a LHD is a fucking aircraft carryer so i am not even suprised that you did not know that.
        Also if we are looking at it from a technical aspect the soviets first had developed the earlyest form of internet in the 1950’s for their airdefense network in Moscow.

        • occupybacon

          When I said ‘computers and internet for naive Russians’ I was referring to PC’s you dumbfuck and yes a helicopter carrier is an aircraft carrier.

          Yeah, Putin discovered glasses under Kremlin wall that means Moscow had optical fiber long before the West had phones.

          • Daniel Miller

            hahahahahah so now you are trying to say something witch you did not? If you had been reffering to a PC then why did you not say a PC?
            A computer is quite a brod term.
            Also wow you are still so delusional that you actually think that helicarryers are aircraft carryers XD

            Also if you are to stupid to just google it that is not my problem ;)

          • occupybacon

            K mate

          • Daniel Miller

            XD mmm i can smell the butthurt

          • occupybacon

            You are trying to hard to go semantic on me, I think the smell means you shit yourself

          • Daniel Miller

            uuuuuu keep it coming m8 XD

          • democritos

            USA is the pacemaker in the technology.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Man, this is horrible…

  • Rob

    Most road accidents happen at night time when the driver on long journey get asleep and lose control on the vehicle. So either the vehicle fill in the deep valley or struck with the opposit coming vehicle.

    Second if the driver has not enough training or has some mental issues so then autopilot avoids accidents on the roads.

    So in brief electric cars and autopilot are our future. It will be a standard in every single car and government will not allow any car without autopilot on the roads.

    • IMHO

      And road deaths will not change or will increase.

      • Rob

        Any autopiloted vehicle should never collide with any thing if the software and hardware sensers work properly.

        • IMHO

          Correct. “Should” and “IF” are the key words though.
          As a mechanic I have seen lots of sensors fail. I have seen sensors that sense sensor failure fail. I have seen sensors get dirty and provide false readings. Not to mention software bugs and computer freezes. The list goes on and on. Now multiply that times the number of cars on the road.
          And that doesn’t even take into account the mischief/mayhem that might be caused by, say, disgruntled persons, which would not be possible with traditional vehicles.
          But back to the point. Look at how few Teslas and other self driving vehicles are on the road today and there have already been plenty of incidents. Relatively that is. The above article included.
          As a side note, take a look at the 737Max which crashed twice due to sensor failure and software issues. And sadly they crashed despite the best efforts of the pilots to regain control from the automated systems.

          • Rob

            This is life humen learn from its failures. Are you agree or not but in reality step by step vehicles are becoming self controlled.

            Think about a car that could fly like a fighter jet with a speed 10,000 miles per hour. Is it possible for human to control it.

          • Rob

            Human can also become sick or could become sleepy during driving and accident could happen. Therefore, nothing is hundred percent fault free. Am I right? Even well trained drivers do accidents.

          • IMHO

            I think you have lost track of the discussion. We all know what is. The discussion was that self driving cars will not make it any safer, over all.

  • Lazy Gamer

    AI needs to mature for some more years. But the immediate need for profit is what pushes it immediately on the road. Even so, there are a lot of parties vested in taking advantage of every weakness in AI

    • IMHO

      There is no such thing as “AI”. It is a misnomer. Your toaster pops the bread out when it is toasted. Is that AI?
      Sensors, programs and algorithm. Nothing more. And all subject to sensor malfunction, programmer errors and more importantly, when it comes to reliance on “AI” for logical discernment, programmer biases.
      Just sayin.

      • Lazy Gamer

        same thing with the brain, we sense using our sense organs, then we decide on the best course

  • Peter Jennings

    I would have thought that for an automated transit system, avoiding obstacles was a very basic function. Shall we soon find that this obvious flaw also extents to obstacles in densely populated urban areas?

    In the Moscow accident, judging by the injuries, noone was wearing a seat belt, although the car was on autopilot. It seems a bit reckless. Perhaps these vehicles are in the wrong hands?

  • Icarus Tanović

    This is it, a little shit ass car from little shit ass country, that by the way supports Ukrainian facists, so to speak little shitty Croatia.
    Someone should sue them for atempting a murder.
    Man!

  • goingbrokes

    As soon as you surrender control of your car, something or someone else is controlling it. It is always going to be a hacking target. How better to kill someone than getting their car to misbehave at high speed. No thanks, I prefer driving myself.

  • Jaffar al-Majmuni

    Why are such crappy “cars” allowed on russias streets? Ban Tesla!

    • democritos

      Crappy. :)))