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2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash, Officials Say – The New York Times

“No one was driving the vehicle” when the car crashed and burst into flames, killing two men, a constable said.

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Mitchell Weston, chief investigator at the Harris County Fire Marshals Office, said that while the batteries are generally safe, impacts at high speeds can result in thermal runaway, which causes an uncontrolled contact between different materials in the batteries.
Thermal runaway can lead to fires, as well as battery reignition, even after an initial fire is put out, the safety board warned in its report. Mitsubishi Electric warns that thermal runaway can lead to catastrophic results, including…

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