January 29, 2022

Tesla specifies that a technical failure of the accelerator is not possible

This is neither the first nor the last accident involving a Tesla car that is controversial. The American brand has made the safety of its cars a major focus of development. In the case of the road accident in Paris, Tesla denies any technical failure.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 // Source: I Nick / Unsplash

On Saturday December 11 in Paris, a very serious road accident left one dead and twenty injured, three of whom are still in serious condition. The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation, we will have to wait to have the first conclusions. In the meantime, the G7 taxi company has stopped using Tesla cars. For its part, Tesla analyzed the data retrieved remotely.

Tesla delivers its analyzes

Tesla did not need to have physical access to the car to deliver its first analyzes. Everything is done remotely, the car manufacturer can retrieve various information such as the power delivered, load management or even the settings of the driving aids.

According to Le Monde, which contacted Tesla France, the vehicle suffered “no technical failure“. The accident would therefore be linked to human error. As a reminder, the Tesla Model 3 was traveling above 100 km / h in the city in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

As we clarified yesterday, this is not the first time that Tesla has faced criticism regarding the safety of its vehicles. In January 2020, Tesla even communicated that his cars were not subject to unintentional acceleration. In each case studied, Tesla explained that the acceleration was solely due to the driver.

Moreover, Tesla had specified that the accelerator pedal has two sensors. In the event of a problem, when the two pedals are pressed simultaneously, for example, the engine torque is cut off immediately. The American brand therefore defends itself against any technical failure on its vehicles.

However, we will have to wait for the results of the current investigation which should give us factual information on the reasons for the loss of control of the car which was traveling at very high speed.


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