The husband of actress Mary McCormack wardriving along in his Tesla Model S when bystanders had to flag him down and inform him that his self-driving vehicle had inexplicably caught fire.
Tesla’s are electric cars that run on battery packs in the floors. A Telsa spokeswoman explained this occurrence as an anomaly.
“This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence,” a Tesla spokeswoman said in an email, “and we are investigating the incident to find out what happened. Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is designed to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs.”
McCormack reflected on the people who informed her husband, who was oblivious to the fire. Also, she thanked the higher powers that her three children weren’t in the car at the time.
“This is what happened to my husband and his car today,” she wrote. “No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him.”
While electric cars running on these types of batteries are less likely — sometimes by a factor of 10 — to catch on fire than traditional gasoline powered cars, Tesla will definitely be facing some skepticism as it tries to assure the public their cars are safe.