An Hawaii Tesla That Plowed a House in Florida and Killed 2 People Reportedly Didn’t Have Autopilot

A white Tesla Model S is pictured at the Tesla facility in Littleton, Colorado.

A white Tesla Model S is pictured at the Tesla facility in Littleton, Colorado. David Zalubowski / AP

  • A Tesla careened on Friday in the air and at a Florida home.

  • According to local officials, two people died and three were seriously injured in the accident.

  • Tesla’s Autopilot was reportedly not on during the accident.

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A Tesla plowed through a stop sign and into a house in Florida on Friday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two people were killed and three others were seriously injured in the crash. The car was flying full air when it crashed through the house, leaving a hole in the middle of the Palm Harbor home, video footage of the scene shows.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that officials had said Tesla was not using its Autopilot function at the time of the accident.

While controversial, this software provides access to add-on features that can help prevent such accidents.

Tesla’s beta “full self-driving” software, a $10,000 or $199 per month add-on, features stop sign recognition designed to slow down a vehicle approaching a stop sign. The new Tesla also has an automatic emergency braking system that applies brakes when a vehicle collides to prevent a collision or reduce the velocity of impact.

According to The Associated Press, the accident occurred when a 43-year-old man walked through a stop sign at an intersection near 1498 Caird Way. Tesla installed a curb, which sent the vehicle into the air and through the house. The vehicle smashed a fence, the front and rear walls of the house, as well as part of the roof of the house.

The 69-year-old woman, a resident of the house, was hit by the car and died on the spot. Several local news stations reported that a 43-year-old man from Odessa, who was a passenger in a Tesla, later died in hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol told the Associated Press that two people at home as well as three others, including the driver, were seriously injured in the crash. Per state law, the identities of individuals were not released to the public by local law enforcement.

It is unknown whether the driver will face any charges as a result of the accident. It was also not stated how fast the vehicle was going as it passed the house.

Tesla accidents have come under scrutiny in recent months. Several fatal accidents have occurred while electric cars were on autopilot – a software that enables the car to automatically steer, accelerate and brake within its lane. The function does not replace the driver’s role, but is intended to make driving easier and cut down on accidents. Each Tesla is equipped with multiple cameras and sensors to help guide the car.

At least three Tesla drivers have died since 2016 while driving on Autopilot. In two accidents, the vehicle failed to stop for tractors crossing the road. In the third case, the car rammed into a concrete divider on the highway. Despite the accidents, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly said that Teslas are safer than competitors. There are lots of videos online that show off the safety features of Teslas that help prevent accidents.

The Florida Highway Patrol and local police did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. A Tesla spokesperson also did not respond to a request for comment.

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