This crash involving a Tesla shows that when it comes to side-on crashes, the EV is not a vehicle you want to mess with.
Footage of the crash was captured by the front-facing camera of the Tesla as well as its two side cameras.
The Tesla can be seen cruising down the road when unexpectedly, a red pickup truck turns directly in front of it. Evidently, the pickup driver didn’t see the Tesla, despite having a clear line of sight of the car. The Tesla’s high-beams appear to flash as soon as the pickup ventures into its path and the pickup driver momentarily slams on the brakes but it was too late to avoid a crash.
The Tesla smashes into the front quarter panel of the pickup, shunting it into the air and spinning it 90-degrees around. The truck clearly sustained quite a lot of damage but it’s difficult to determine how badly damaged the Tesla is, nor what exact Tesla model we’re looking at.
All current Tesla models with Autopilot include a dashcam which uses one of the front-facing cameras previously used exclusively by the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving functions. Unfortunately for Tesla owners, the camera isn’t of the highest quality but in recent months, has been responsible for capturing a number of incidents involving Tesla vehicles, in particular when the available ‘Sentry Mode’ is enabled.
We are big believers in dashcams and think everyone should have them in the unfortunate event of a crash like this.