Tesla explodes in Moscow after alleged autopilot-provoked crash

Tesla explodes in Moscow after alleged autopilot-provoked crash

The Tesla driver and his two children, who were in the auto, were later admitted to a hospital, Zvezda reported, citing sources.

The accident in the middle of Moscow's Ring Road on Saturday evening happened after the Tesla Model S smashed into a broken-down auto.

A Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric vehicle caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on a Moscow motorway late Saturday, although it was not possible to tell which model it was. During the crash, the Tesla's battery was "breached" and in the aftermath, the vehicle caught fire.

Tesla, which has come under scrutiny by regulators following several accidents involving self-driving systems on its Model 3, has not yet commented on the incident.

In a video posted to Instagram by user gagorun (below), you can see two small explosions in quick succession, engulfing the auto in flames and smoke.

Footage shown on Russian News Channel Rossiya 24 showed that the only part of the auto remaining after the fire was the metal frame. According to preliminary reports, the vehicle was on autopilot during the incident.

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It is not clear whether Mr Tretyakov's auto automatically slowed itself before colliding with the truck. The speed limit on the ring road is 100 kilometres per hour.

Tretyakov was left with a broken leg, while his children reportedly suffered bruises and concussion.

In response to the release of the documents, Tesla defended the Model 3 safety claims, arguing that they were based on the NHTSA's data. They all escaped from the vehicle. This is not the first report of a Tesla on Autopilot crashing into stopped vehicles. Following the crash, the Model S caught fire and then exploded while in slow-moving evening traffic.

A Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier on a California highway in March 2018, resulting in the death of its driver.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment outside of normal United States business hours.

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