Yes, another Tesla crash, with the Autopilot engaged during the incident. What makes it different from other recent Tesla crashes, however, is that this time, the crash happened in China.
Driver Frustrated With Autopilot Performance
Luo Zhen, 33, is a programmer who lives in Beijing. He was making his way to work last week when his Tesla crashed while on Autopilot. His car ended up hitting another car parked on the side of the road. As you can expect, Luo was disappointed.
During an interview, Luo told Reuters that Tesla sales showed him that you can have your hands off the steering wheel when the Autopilot is activated. “They demonstrated this during the test drive,” he explained. The accident resulted in the car getting scraped along with the other car it collided with.
Tesla Says Driver Is At Fault
Following this incident, a Tesla spokeswoman issued a statement to Reuter saying that Luo was at fault, since his hands were not on the steering wheel at the time of the crash; therefore, he did not steer the car in order to avoid the parked vehicle .
Moreover, the Tesla spokeswoman added, “As clearly communicated to the driver in the vehicle, autosteer 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.”
Following the death of ex U.S. Navy SEAL Joshua Brown while behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S on Autopilot, Consumer Reports called on Tesla to consider renaming the system, since their cars are not yet capable of fully autonomous driving.
Meanwhile, Luo remarked, “The impression they give everyone is that this is self-driving, this isn’t assisted driving.”