Tesla Model 3 hits tow truck outside Moscow, explodes

Occurred: August 2019

A Tesla Model 3 driven by businessman Alexey Tretyakov, 41, hit a parked tow truck that servicing another vehicle on a ring road outside Moscow, Russia, in August 2019. 

Tretyakov and his two children escaped the car before it was exploded and caught fire, but were severely injured and rushed to hospital. Tretyakov suffered a broken leg and chest injury, while his children reportedly suffered bruises and concussion.

Tretyakov and the police have since confirmed the car was on Autopilot. The driver also said the car had been in 'drive assistance mode', in which enhanced safety features are enabled but the driver’s hands remain on the wheel, and that he had failed to see the truck. 

Operator: Alexey Tretyakov
Developer: Tesla

Country: Russia

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking

Technology: Driver assistance system; Self-driving system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety

Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2023