The Tesla Model Y is meant to be one of the safest cars on the road, but that wasn’t enough to stop one owner from, erm, parking their car on a Western Sydney footpath.
It’s not clear why the vehicle crashed, whether it was driver error or a medical incident.
The Model Y retails in Australia from $69,300 plus on-road costs and comes with a suite of always active cameras for driver safety and semi-autonomous driving.
The Model Y features one of the most advanced driver assistance suites on the market, capable of taking charge of steering, acceleration, and braking in complex urban environments with the Full Self-Driving option added (according to its maker).
The Model Y is also meant to have a feature that prevents it from accelerating into solid objects, even if the accelerator is pressed. Vehicles like the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport have a similar feature, which could have prevented an accident like this if it functioned correctly.
Even without the $10,100 option package fitted, Model Y was awarded 98 per cent in the Safety Assist category by ANCAP when it was handed its five-star safety rating in 2022.
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