Tesla Paris fatal crash

December 2021

Reuters reports that one person has been killed and twenty injured, three of them seriously, when an off-duty taxi driver appeared to lose control of his Tesla Model 3 while taking his family to a restaurant in Paris, France.

Views conflict on whether the taxi driver was responsible, or if the car had accelerated automatically and its brakes had failed, as claimed by the driver's lawyer. The driver has been placed under formal investigation for suspected involuntary manslaughter by French authorities.

A 2020 investigation by the US auto safety regulator into the sudden acceleration of Tesla cars concluded that accidents had been caused by 'pedal misapplication'.

Operator: G7; Tesla
Developer: Tesla
Country: France
Sector:
Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue:
Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Opacity: Black box