January Tesla crash in China blamed on autopilot

Since no evasive action was taken, it does make you wonder if Gao was relying on Autopilot at the same time.

The driver assistance company further said that it would not be making any comments in the future as it was against the company's policy to respond to such rumors and claims.

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla faces new scrutiny in China about its vehicle autopilot system after state television broadcast allegations that a man killed in a fatal crash had activated the driver-assist feature of his auto.

After Mobileye announced its break with Tesla in July in the wake of the fatality, Tesla said in a statement that Mobileye could not keep pace with Tesla's product changes.

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Tesla and its former business partner MobilEye have traded more angry remarks over the safety of the electric vehicle's Autopilot system.

"Since the release of Autopilot we've continuously educated customers on the use of the features, reminding them that they're responsible to keep their hands on the wheel and remain alert and present when using Autopilot", the said. "Drivers must be prepared to take control at all times", the spokesperson was quoted as saying. In recent times, videos of people driving with their hands off the steering wheel of a Tesla have proliferated online. The upgrade, announced Sunday, is created to prevent collisions like the one that killed Ohio Tesla owner Josh Brown. Musk said on Sunday that as drivers became familiar with the system, they tended to ignore audible warnings to retake the wheel.

Selesky said Shashua might be speaking out now, rather than in July when the partnership ended, because of the growing number of autonomous-vehicle developments from other automakers, such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. Us parting ways was somewhat inevitable.

But Tesla said in the statement that the family had not cooperated with the company's investigation.

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"In the long term, this is going to hurt the interests of the company and hurt the interests of an entire industry, if a company of our reputation will continue to be associated with this type of pushing the envelope in terms of safety", he said.

Mobileye describes itself as the "global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving".

It's being alleged the crash in January was the first fatal one involving Tesla's autopilot system, though the case itself wasn't revealed until the lawsuit was filed.

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