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Tesla 'Autopilot' crash which killed Chinese driver shown in new footage

Daily Mail - Science & tech

This is the terrifying moment a driver was killed when his Tesla car crashed into a parked lorry while the futuristic vehicle was reportedly in'autopilot' mode. The incident took place in China in January when Gao Yaning, 23, collided with the back of a road sweeper vehicle in the northeastern province of Hebei. It was previously thought a crash in Florida in May involving a Tesla Model S in semi-automatic mode was the first fatality in one of the company's vehicles. Another Tesla crashed in China in August after a driver mistakenly switched on the autopilot believing it to be a'self driving' mode. The footage shows the car driving along at speed along a road, seemingly without any problems, until it ploughs into the rear of the road sweeper.


Tesla crash in China renews spotlight on Autopilot

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the new autopilot software might have prevented the crash that killed a man in Florida in May. Model S dash displays what the car sees. SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla Motors is grappling with yet another fatal crash involving one of its electric Model S sedans, an incident in China that preceded the May death of a customer in Florida. Back in January, a Model S driven by 23-year-old Gao Yaning of Hebei province crashed into a street sweeper at highway speed. The news was first reported by Reuters Wednesday citing China's CCTV.


Tesla autopilot causes first crash in China but car maker is blaming the driver

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Tesla vehicle crashed in China on Wednesday after the driver mistook'autopilot mode' for a'self-driving' function. The driver is now pointing fingers at Tesla sales staff for overplaying the car's actual capabilities, claiming they implied that the system should take control of steering and braking under certain conditions. Tesla says Luo Zhen, the driver of the car, was responsible for maintaining control of the vehicle, but their investigation revealed his hands were not detected on the wheel. A Tesla vehicle crashed in China Wednesday (pictured), after the driver mistook'autopilot mode' for a'self-driving' function. The driver is now pointing fingers at the car maker's sales staff for overplaying the car's actual capabilities, in that the system should take control of steering and braking under certain conditions While driving to work, Lou Zhen set his Tesla Model S sedan in autopilot and took his hands off the wheel.


Tesla car catches fire during promotional event in France

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France, and those aboard escaped unharmed. Tesla said in a statement that it is'working with the authorities to establish the facts' about Monday's fire in Bayonne. The driver was quoted in local newspaper Sud Ouest as saying he answered a Facebook ad offering test drives of the Model S sedan. The fire was captured by a passing motoring journalist. The driver was quoted in local newspaper Sud Ouest as saying he answered a Facebook ad offering test drives of the Model S sedan.


Tesla's Autopilot system under scrutiny in fatal China crash

Boston Herald

Tesla faces new scrutiny in China about its vehicle Autopilot system after state television broadcast allegations that a man killed in a crash had activated the driver-assist feature of his car. The state broadcaster CCTV aired a report Wednesday about a January crash that killed 23-year-old Gao Yaning. The report included apparent dash cam footage of the car slamming into a slow-moving orange truck. An official interviewed in the report said the car's Autopilot feature was active at the time of the crash. CCTV reported Gao's family has sued Tesla in a Beijing court, though the lawsuit was not available in online court records.