Elon Musk denies ‘Full Self Driving’ system caused fatal crash of Tesla employee

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The Tesla CEO claims the accident would have likely not have happened if the Model 3 was equipped with FSD system. 


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to X (formerly Twitter) to deny claims the company’s ‘Full Self Driving’ (FSD) semi-autonomous driving system was involved in a fatal 2022 accident.

Unveiled in 2016, Tesla’s so-called ‘Full Self Driving’ system uses a series of cameras and radars around the vehicle which (in theory) allows the car to operate at speed without human intervention, but has been the subject of numerous investigations relating to fatal accidents

An article published by the Washington Post claims there was evidence the Model 3’s advanced driver-assistance system was engaged at the time of the crash which killed Tesla employee Hans von Ohain.

The article cites the purchase order for von Ohain’s car, claiming it showed the Model 3 was equipped with features that are exclusively available to those who have opted for the FSD system.

Addressing the article on X, Musk claimed the Model 3 was not using the FSD system at the time of the crash, and went on to deny the presence of the software in the car entirely.

“He was not on FSD,” Musk wrote.

“The software had unfortunately never been downloaded. I say ‘unfortunately’, because the accident probably would not have happened if FSD had been engaged.”

Tesla’s Policy Chief, Rohan Patel echoed Musk’s words on the platform, saying the “FSD beta software” system “was not downloaded onto the car.”

Following the crash, it was found von Ohain had a blood alcohol level of 0.26 — which is over three times the legal limit.

The Washington Post’s article goes on to say the passenger who survived the crash told first responders von Ohain had been using the “auto-drive feature on the Tesla.”

It also revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wasn’t able to confirm whether or not FSD technology was involved, as evidence was reportedly destroyed by the crash. 

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