A 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid sedan caught fire in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Tuesday night, according to local fire officials, and fortunately the owner’s life was not in danger.
Tesla’s new million-dollar car catches fire in the street
A new 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid caught fire Tuesday night in Haverford, Pennsylvania, while its owner was in the driver’s seat, according to local Pennsylvania fire official Charles McGarvey, CNBC reported.
According to the owner’s attorney, the owner noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle while driving and tried to unlock and open the door, but he had to squeeze out of the car and force himself out because the door appeared to be malfunctioning. After he left the car, the vehicle began to move on its own and became engulfed in flames.
The local fire department reported that the Tesla was completely burned when firefighters arrived, and Charles McGarvey said it took more than three hours for two firefighters to complete the firefighting and subsequent treatment at the scene.
From the pictures circulating on the Internet, the Model S Plaid has been burned to the ground, although the front and rear parts of the car are relatively intact, but the roof has been lost, unusually gruesome. Fortunately, the fire did not cause any injuries.
After completing the accident scene, firefighters moved the vehicle to a complex for safe overnight storage. The owner has now claimed the vehicle from the storage facility, and Charles McGarvey said that in the future, the owner will commission an independent investigation of the vehicle to determine the cause of the fire. The fire department has contacted Tesla and will follow up with more information about this fire through public channels.
While the exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, a Reddit user who claims to be an emergency medical technician in Narberth Ambulance (which helps firefighters with accidents) said that a nearby resident saw the car roll over on fire on the road and then explode in front of their house.
A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now says he has been informed of the Tesla car fire in Pennsylvania and is contacting the agencies and manufacturer to gather more information about the incident. The spokesman said, “If data or investigations reveal a defect, an inherent safety risk, NHTSA will take action to protect the public as appropriate.”
The Model S Plaid is understood to be a new model introduced by Tesla this year, with deliveries in the U.S. taking only about a week. At last month’s launch, Tesla CEO Musk said the Plaid is a “crazy” car, an electric car that is faster than any Porsche and safer than any Volvo. In the domestic market, the Tesla Model S Plaid is currently priced at a whopping $1,059,999,000.
Tesla’s Autopilot technology questioned by internal employees
In recent times, Tesla has been in a lot of trouble and safety accidents have been frequent.
On May 13, a driver driving a Tesla in a garage in Hangzhou, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own, unable to brake and hit the wall; on May 17, a driver driving a Tesla through an overpass in Taizhou, collided with traffic police who were dealing with traffic accidents at the scene, resulting in the death of one of the traffic police; on May 18, a driver driving a Tesla in Chongqing, when traveling to the negative two to three floors of the garage, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. On May 18, a driver driving a Tesla in Chongqing suddenly accelerated on its own, and eventually crashed into a wall because the brakes did not work; on May 19, a driver driving a Tesla in Guangzhou lost control of the car because of excessive speed and crashed directly into a roadside tree, and caught fire after 15 minutes or so, the accident vehicle was completely burned, but fortunately the people in the car got out of trouble in advance and were not in danger.
With the frequency of accidents, Tesla’s Autopilot technology has also been questioned by internal employees.
Earlier this May, the head of Tesla’s Autopilot software told the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that the company’s CEO Elon Musk had been exaggerating the capabilities of its advanced driver assistance system. The news comes from a memo released by legal transparency group PlainSite, which obtained the documents from a public records request.
The news comes after a Tesla car was involved in a crash in Texas that killed the occupants. In the wake of this accident, Tesla faced increased scrutiny. on March 9, the California DMV held a conference call with Tesla representatives, and a memo from the meeting revealed, “Tweets posted by Musk are not consistent with engineering reality. Tesla is currently in the L2 level of autonomous driving.” By L2 level, we mean a semi-autonomous driving system that requires human monitoring and intervention.
During an earnings call in January, Musk told investors that he was “very confident that we can do fully automated driving this year and that the reliability will exceed that of human drivers. Tesla representatives told DMV that the company will likely not be able to achieve L5 autonomous driving, which means vehicles that do not require a human driver in all conditions, by 2021. The company said they could not specify if they would be able to reach L5 by the end of this year.
In fact, this isn’t the first time that Tesla’s private communications with DMV have contradicted Musk’s claims. In March, PlainSite published communications between Eric Williams, Tesla’s deputy general counsel, and Miguel Acosta, director of the California DMV’s Automated Driving Vehicle Division, from December of last year, Williams noted, “Neither Autopilot nor FSD are not self-driving systems, and there is no system that currently allows our vehicles to be self-driving.” In other words, Tesla’s test version of FSD is just a name that conjures up the idea of autonomous driving.
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