Over the weekend, a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree, killing its two occupants. Mysteriously, investigators found with “100 percent” certainty that neither of them were in the driver’s seat.
“Several of our folks are reconstructionists, but they feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle,” Harris County constable Mark Herman told local Houston news station KHOU.
The implication, clearly, was that the vehicle’s self-driving capabilities had been engaged at the time of the grisly wreck. Considering the number of reckless stunts and videos uploaded to social media showing motorists out of the driver’s seat while a Tesla was racing down a highway, it was perhaps the likeliest scenario.
But now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has chimed in on Twitter to claim that “data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled and this car did not purchase FSD,” referring to an optional “Full Self-Driving” package, which doesn’t actually allow the vehicle to fully drive itself, but does enhance Tesla’s self-driving experience.
Musk also said that “standard Autopilot would require lane lines to turn on, which this street did not have.”