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Tesla Explodes After Crashing Into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

Tesla Explodes After Crashing Into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

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A Tesla Model 3 vehicle has crashed once more, this time it collided with a tow truck in Moscow exploding into flames and severely injuring three of a family, the media reported.

Tesla has maintained the safety of its vehicles and issues quarterly reports documenting safety issues.

Tesla has faced scrutiny over previous accidents in which vehicles with Autopilot engaged crashed into stopped or stalled vehicles, including a fatal crash with a streetsweeper truck in China in 2016.

Allegedly, the auto was cruising in the left lane with the Autopilot turned on. The driver's hands weren't on the wheel and no "evasive maneuvers" had been executed prior to the collision.

Their website states: "Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous".

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This incident isn't the first to involve the electric-carmaker's Autopilot system.

The auto, driven by a Russian businessman and carrying his two children, struck a tow truck that was tending to a vehicle on the side of the highway near Moscow, according to Russian news outlet Zvezda.

The incident is the latest to raise safety concerns about Tesla's electric cars, with the company saying they are far safer than petrol-powered vehicles.

The company says it provides owners with "clear guidance on how to properly use Autopilot, as well as in-car instructions before they use the system and while the feature is in use".

"My Tesla Model 3 hit the tow truck with its left side and caught fire".

A Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier on a California highway in March 2018, resulting in the death of its driver. "That means that an increase from one fire per quarter to two per quarter represents an increase of 100%".