TX Tesla Kills One by Plowing Into Rear of Car Stopped at Red Light

“Autopilot” seems a most plausible explanation for how red stoplights at an intersection, as well as the red brake lights on the back of a stopped car, were all conspicuously ignored at very high speed.

A person who was behind the wheel of a Tesla is now dead after reportedly crashing into an Uber in downtown Houston Sunday night. The deadly crash happened on Jefferson Street and La Branch around 11:30 p.m. Police said that the driver of the Tesla rear-ended the Uber, which was stopped at a red light. The Tesla was said to have been traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. The driver of the Tesla was later pronounced dead…

Source: Google Maps

I mean it could be another case of suicidal Tesla, but the presence of a passenger, not to mention the configuration of four lanes with two lights, makes that less plausible than Autopilot failure.

My first guess is that the Tesla’s software had registered the brake lights of the car but not that the car was stopped, as it didn’t see the red lights above the lane it was speeding in, but we’ll have to wait for more details.

According to HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant R. Dallas and Officer T. Syed, the Tesla was traveling eastbound on Jefferson at a high speed when the driver lost control. The Tesla struck a gray Toyota Highlander, which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Jefferson and La Branch. The Tesla continued through the intersection, left the roadway, and collided with the concrete wall of a parking garage.

Can you imagine a Tesla at high speed on Autopilot ignoring these red lights until it’s too late and then crashing into a parking garage on the right of the intersection? Of course you can. It’s almost certainly another Autopilot crash. Source: Google Maps

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