Did you know that Tesla cars are sold not only in the USA? They can be bought even in Russia, so rich people are happy to use this opportunity. At the beginning of 2018, in our country there were more than 250 owners of electric cars from Ilon Mask and, undoubtedly, their number is constantly growing. Some buyers are very attracted by the automatic control function, when the car independently monitors the road, turns the steering wheel and presses the brake and gas. Unfortunately, excessive trust in the autopilot system can cause serious accidents. One of them recently occurred in Moscow.
The Tesla car, the exact model of which is not mentioned anywhere yet, drove at high speed onto the platform of the tow truck on the road, fell and exploded. According to the press service of the Moscow traffic police department, the incident occurred on the evening of August 10 at the 40-kilometer MKAD. Eyewitnesses filmed the moment of the explosion in a video where, according to the outlines of a burning car, it can be assumed that the Tesla Model S was an electric car that exploded.
Consequences and causes of the accident involving Tesla
The head of the Arikapital investment company, Alexei Tretyakov, was driving the car. During the collision and explosion, he received a broken leg and a bruised chest – at the moment he is in intensive care. Together with him in the salon were two of his children, who received closed head injuries, bruises and wounds. There is a message that all three victims are alive, but are in serious condition.
It is assumed that the cause of the accident was an autopilot error that did not recognize the tow truck in front. This is not the first time that the Tesla autopilot did not recognize the truck. One of the similar accidents occurred in Florida, about 110 kilometers from the city of Miami. A Tesla Model 3 car with the autopilot turned on at high speed drove under the truck. The roof of the car was torn off, during which a 50-year-old driver named Jeremy Beren Banner died.
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Tesla car explosion in Russia
Because of what exactly the explosion occurred on the Moscow Ring Road, is also unknown. Previously, Tesla cars also exploded. The most famous incident occurred on April 21 in Shanghai, when the explosion of a parked electric car damaged nearby cars. The resulting fire damaged the on-board computer, so the exact cause of the explosion is difficult to determine. Most likely, a short circuit in the battery occurred in the parking lot.
Frequent accidents caused by autopilot are very alarming, because in 2020 Tesla wants to launch a taxi service without drivers. To get to the right place, people only need to call an unmanned car and get into it. Undoubtedly, before starting the service, the company will carefully check the system’s operability, however, even if one accident occurs, the reputation of the service will be greatly tarnished.
How many Tesla cars in Russia?
As mentioned above, at the beginning of 2018, the number of Tesla owners in Russia exceeded 250 people. Now they should be twice as many, because the Svyaznoy and Euroset companies that collect applications for the purchase of electric cars in the same year received more than 230 applications. The cost of Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X start at 10 million rubles.
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