NIO ES8 fatal crash

August 2021

31-year-old Lin Wenqin died when his Nio ES8 crashed into a highway maintenance vehicle in Putian, a city in eastern China. Nio Pilot, the car's driver-assistance feature had been activated.

After the Chinese police announced an investigation, the electric vehicle startup was accused by the victim's family of tampering with the car's data after a Nio technician had been subpoenaed by police after accessing the car without their approval.

Operator: Nio
Nio, Intel
Country: China
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: NIO Pilot
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Opacity: Black box; Marketing - hype