Incident 337: Tesla Model S on ACC Crashed into Tree in Texas, Killing Two People

Description: A 2019 Tesla Model S was reportedly traveling on Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) at high speed before crashing into a tree near The Woodlands in Spring, Texas, killing two people.


New ReportNew ReportNew ResponseNew ResponseDiscoverDiscover
Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed William Varner and unnamed passenger.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
Report Count
Incident Date
Khoa Lam


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.

Similar Incidents

By textual similarity

Did our AI mess up? Flag the unrelated incidents