--
 
BMW X Range: Command any road

Highly adventurous or more of an urban traveller? The BMW X Range offers the perfect model for every lifestyle. - Sponsored

11 ways to drive fuel efficiently in SA

We list more tips and methods on how to stretch the fuel in your car, as well as stretching your wallet.

China court hears case over Tesla fatal crash

2016-09-21 11:56

FIGHTING THE FIGHT A Chinese father is suing Tesla after his son died whilst driving a Tesla. Image: AP / Mark Schiefelbein

  Video

Despite the negative news surrounding and Tesla and its self-driving, the electric car company's autopilot again saved its driver.

Beijing - The father of a Chinese man killed while driving a Tesla sedan has sued the US electric automaker over an alleged fault with its Autopilot system, the family's attorney said Wednesday (September 21).

Gao Yaning, the 23-year-old driver, died in January after his Tesla Model S slammed into a road-sweeping vehicle on a highway in the northern province of Hebei. His father Gao Jubin filed the case against the company in June, lawyer Cui Qiuna told AFP.

The family believed the son was driving in Tesla's Autopilot mode and accused the firm of overstating the function's capabilities, she said.

READ: Tesla driver killed in horror tree crash

During the trial's opening session in Beijing Tuesday, Gao applied for an investigation into whether the autopilot was activated when the accident occurred, she added.

Court battle looms

Gao has demanded Tesla stop using the phrase "automatic driving" in its promotion of Autopilot, publicly apologise for false advertising and pay 10 000 yuan ($1500) in compensation for the family's grief caused by the son's death, Cui said.

She said."Tesla has been contacting Mr. Gao for a talk over reconciliation conditions but has yet to put forward a concrete solution."

Tesla in August rephrased its description of the Autopilot system in some advertisements but "some of their staffers and their pamphlets are still using terms like 'automatic driving'", Cui said.

READ: Tesla driver's death: 'Autopilot' to be investigated

Tesla officials did not respond to AFP's request for comment on Wednesday.

The company has said the Autopilot system, introduced last year, is not a fully autonomous system and drivers are cautioned that they need to be at the wheel and in control.

The system allows the vehicle to automatically change lanes, manage speed and brake to avoid a collision. The system may be overridden by the driver.

A Florida driver died in May after Autopilot failed to detect a truck and collided with it.

Tesla said last week it was upgrading the software to use more advanced radar technology.


NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    tesla  |  china  |  court case  |  gear and tech

Inside Wheels24

BP fights rising fuel prices for SA motorists

BP's new fuel, Ultimate with Active technology, will, theoretically, extend your car's fuel range while reducing maintenance costs. Read more.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.