Date
19 October 2017
Tesla said it has no way of knowing if its semi-automated Autopilot system was engaged at the time of the accident. Photo: HKEJ
Tesla said it has no way of knowing if its semi-automated Autopilot system was engaged at the time of the accident. Photo: HKEJ

Tesla says it is investigating cause of fatal China crash

Tesla Motors Inc. said it is investigating the cause of a fatal crash in China involving one of its vehicles, but has “no way of knowing” if its semi-automated Autopilot system was engaged at the time of the accident.

“Because of the damage caused by the collision, the car was physically incapable of transmitting log data to our servers,” Reuters quoted the company as saying in a statement on Wednesday.

China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday reported that 23-year-old Gao Yaning died in January after crashing into the back of a road sweeping vehicle while driving a Tesla car on a highway in the northeastern province of Hebei.

Gao’s family filed the lawsuit in a Beijing court in July against Tesla and the Beijing-based dealer who had sold Gao the car.

Tesla, in its statement, said it had “tried repeatedly to work with” Gao’s family to determine the cause of the crash, but the family “has not provided us with any additional information that would allow us to do so”.

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