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Tesla China revises website to describe 'assisted driving' function after 'self-driving' crash in Beijing

By Caryn Schwartz (People's Daily Online)    11:37, August 16, 2016

The file photo shows a Tesla vehicle which crashed in Beijing. [Photo: weibo.com]

After a Beijing-based Tesla driver crashed his car at the beginning of August while utilizing the vehicle’s “self-driving” autopilot mode, Tesla China has removed the term “self-driving” from its website, Reuters reported on Aug. 15. Instead, the website now describes an “assisted driving” mode that is available in some Tesla vehicles.

The driver in question was utilizing a Model S Tesla at the time of the crash. His car collided with another vehicle that was stopped illegally on the side of the highway. Prior to the collision, Tesla had had no “self-driving” car accidents in China.

The Reuters report quoted a Tesla spokesperson regarding the change to Tesla China’s website: “At Tesla we are constantly making improvements, including to translations,” the woman said. “We’ve been in the process of addressing discrepancies across languages for many weeks. Timing had nothing to do with current events or articles.”

Tesla emphasized that even when the car’s autopilot function is on, drivers are still ultimately responsible for controlling the vehicle. The company also said that drivers must keep two hands on the steering wheel at all times, including when the car is set to its “assisted driving” mode, which the Beijing driver allegedly failed to do.

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