Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fatal Tesla crash in China involved autopilot, government TV says.

The New York Times (9/14, Boudette, Subscription Publication, 13.42M) reports that a report broadcast on Wednesday by the Chinese government news channel (CCTV) revealed that another fatal Tesla crash, allegedly involving Autopilot, occurred in China on January 20, after the young driver’s Tesla Model S “slammed into a road sweeper on a highway near Handan, a city about 300 miles south of Beijing.” Tesla, which is already under federal investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in under “renewed” scrutiny “about the safety of its Autopilot technology.” Autopilot has been heavily criticized for lulling drivers “into complacency, leaving too little time to take back control of the vehicle.” 

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