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Two Houston men die in Tesla crash, police think no one was driving!

Houston, Texas - Two men died in Texas in the crash of a Tesla car which police think no one was driving, according to reports on Sunday.

Police are "almost 99.9% sure" that no one was behind the wheel of the Tesla vehicle.
Police are "almost 99.9% sure" that no one was behind the wheel of the Tesla vehicle.  © 123RF/Jonathan Weiss

One of the men was in the passenger seat and the other in the rear seat when the car went off the road, hit a tree and then caught fire the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported, citing a police spokesman in Harris County in Texas.

According to preliminary investigations, police are "almost 99.9% sure" that no one was behind the wheel, the spokesman said, as cited by the Wall Street Journal.

The paper reported that authorities are still investigating whether the vehicle's driver-assistance program was turned on.

Tesla's official advice states that the Autopilot function on its cars reduces the driver's workload, but that it should be used with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over.

Although the functions are becoming more powerful over time, they do not currently make a vehicle autonomous.

Cover photo: 123RF/Jonathan Weiss

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