Tesla Model Y Chaozhou crash kills two, injures three
Occurred: November 2022
A Tesla Model Y killed a teenager and motorcyclist and injured three others in an alleged brake malfunction in Guangdong province, China. A (graphic) video shows the car careering through Chaozhou, with the driver driving at high speed past several cars and motorcycles before plowing into a cyclist and smashing into a building.
Elektrek reports that a member of the driver's family told Jimu News that the driver had problems with the brake pedal when he was about to pull over in front of his family store. However, Tesla claimed vehicle logs show that the brake pedal was not applied and the accelerator pedal was pressed for a significant portion of the event.
Rumours quickly spread on social media that Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system may have been to blame, though some commentators reckon was probably unlikely. Tesla said it is working with Chinese authorities to figure out what went wrong.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
Published: March 2023