Guangdong recently saw a Tesla Model Y car crash. Two people were killed and three others were injured by an electric car that was out of control. They deny that the autopilot could have been at fault.
On November 5, a video of a Tesla Model Y trying and park appeared on Chinese social media. It was shown accelerating on a two-lane road and changing lanes quickly, hitting cyclists, motorcyclists, and cars. After 30 seconds, and 2.6 km traveled distance, the electric vehicle crashes into the window. According to one of the 55-year old family members who was driving, the driver had brake problems. The driver survived with minor injuries.
Tesla claimed that the logs of the car’s computer indicate that the brake pedal was not used during the incident. However, the accelerator pedal was most often pressed. Video from surveillance cameras shows that the brake lights were still on, but only for a short time.
Police are currently working with an independent agency to review the logs and video footage of the electric car to determine the facts of the incident. Tesla has been repeatedly accused of failings in electric vehicle systems in China and elsewhere, including the US. To this, the company replied that “unforeseen accelerations” in electric vehicles were not registered.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States (NHTSA), all accelerations in Tesla were due to drivers and had nothing do with the design of the cars or their automation. NHTSA stated that 16000 accidents could be prevented each year in America due to drivers mistaking the brake and gas pedals.