China’s Tesla autopilot crash caused by the words “zidong jiashi”

China’s Tesla autopilot crash caused by the words “zidong jiashi”

Another controversy for Tesla’s autopilot - another crash was reported in China. The accident is the first recorded in China and occurred months after a terrible crash in Florida. These events have added pressure on regulators and auto industry executives to tighten up regulations on autopilot technologies.

Lou Zhen, a 33-year-old programmer at a tech firm was driving to work in Beijing and prompted the autopilot function as he usually does on highways. The car then approached a car parked half on the road and hit it on the side. The accident scraped both cars and tore off the parked car’s mirror. There was no one injured.  Lou filmed everything with his dashboard camera.

Tesla, which is investigating the accident, has responded on the situation by stating that it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain control of the vehicle. Lou had stated that the sales person sold the function as “self-driving” (or “zidong jiashi” as the China website promotes the Model S) and, according to him, overplayed its true capabilities.

"As clearly communicated to the driver in the vehicle, auto-steer is an assist feature that requires the driver to keep his hands on the steering wheel at all times to always maintain control and responsibility for the vehicle, and to be prepared to take over at any time," a Tesla spokeswoman said to Reuters.

But Lou insists on blaming the sales staff for promoting the car as completely self-driven and misleading him as a customer. "The impression they give everyone is that this is self-driving, this isn't assisted driving," he said.  Zhen indicated that he had been using the autopilot function for a month.

"They use this immature technology as a sales and promotion tactic ... but they don't take responsibility for the safety of the function," Zhen told reporters from Reuters.
 

 

 


What's Hottest

New FAA drone regulations

With the purpose of keeping the standard of having the safest and most complex airspace in the world, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration released in August a series of regulations for the lawful use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones”.…

Companies to Block Extremist Videos

While companies are silent on whether rumors over the use of technology to automatically delete extremist content from their sites, it has been confirmed that they have met with the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) to adopt similar measures that Google, Microsoft, and Internet Service Providers used…

Japan abandons lost satellite

Astro-H satellite, also known as “Hitomi”, was a satellite sent by Japan´s space agency on February 17 to study black holes. The idea was primarily to study X-rays emitted by them. However, on March 26, contact with the satellite was lost. This brought all Japanese most brilliant…

Malvertisers use digital fingerprints

If you’ve ever owned a PC, odds are pretty good that at some point you’ve been a victim of malvertising. This is when you visit a website, and it installs a program onto your computer. Often, this happens without the user being aware of it. As many of us have experienced, these programs…

What is Bot Fraud?

Fraud is an issue in our modern society that we just cannot escape. Many people know of identity theft, online scams, and other measures of deception online, but what is bot fraud? Can robots really be fraudulent? Yes, robots can be created to steal identities online and pose many other threats to…

What is cellphone spyware & who uses it?

As the word itself suggests, cellphone spyware or spy software is precisely that: spying on a target phone in such a way that a person can have access to practically all cellphone activity. Now, it sounds like NSA would have access to all your activity and completely strip us of our privacy. This is…

Spot Light

China’s Tesla autopilot crash caused by the words “zidong jiashi”

Another controversy for Tesla’s autopilot - another crash was reported in China. The accident is the first recorded in China and occurred months after a terrible crash in Florida. These events have added pressure on regulators and auto industry executives to tighten up regulations on autopilot…

Read More

News Flash