Tesla says it’s working with China to investigate a crash in which a policeman reportedly died

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Elon Musk walks with former Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong in 2019

  • Tesla said it is cooperating with Chinese officials in an investigation into a fatal crash.
  • Video footage of the accident went viral in China on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.
  • The accident comes after a protest at the Shanghai Auto Show drew attention to Tesla safety concerns.
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Tesla said it is working with Chinese authorities to investigate a crash involving one of its cars in which a local policeman was killed, Bloomberg reported.

The accident involved a Tesla and two traffic policemen in the eastern Chinese city of Taizhou, according to Bloomberg, and local authorities later said that one of the policemen was killed after sustaining injuries. On Tuesday, in a statement on Weibo, a popular Chinese social network, Tesla said that it had provided a report on the accident to Chinese officials and was working with the agency to investigate the cause of the crash.

Video footage of the accident, which was covered by Chinese media, was widely shared on social media Tuesday.

Chinese authorities are still investigating another Tesla crash in the southern Chinese city of Shaoguan. Earlier in the month, a Tesla driver died after rear-ending a truck. Authorities say the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The accidents have garnered hundreds of posts from Chinese Tesla drivers expressing concern over the safety of the company’s electric cars, with some pointing to a brake malfunction.

Last month, a woman climbed onto a Tesla car at the Shanghai Auto Show, protesting a brake malfunction in her electric car. The incident went viral and the company faced an onslaught of criticism. Though, Tesla told Bloomberg it had tried to solve the issue.

Following the incident, China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission issued a statement saying that the company must stop “pretending to be oblivious to hidden dangers of which it’s well aware,” and that it needs to “face up to the torment of its Chinese customers,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

It was not the first time a customer had complained of brake failure. In April, a Tesla Model 3 driver lost control of their vehicle and it caught fire. The incident was believed to be linked to a brake failure, of which there have been over ten accidents where Teslas in China have spontaneously gone “out of control” in the past year, according to Global Times.

Tesla has also faced safety concerns in the US – a market where it is the No. 1 selling electric carmaker by vehicle registrations. Last month, US senators came together to discuss regulating autonomous vehicles. Tesla was the focal point of the conversation due to concern over a series of Tesla accidents, including a fatal crash in Texas. Last week, a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the incident said Tesla’s autopilot feature was not engaged during the fatal Texas crash.

Even prior to the Shanghai Auto Show incident, Tesla’s relationship with the Chinese government has encountered complications since the company started selling its car in China at the end of 2019. Five Chinese regulatory agencies are probing the quality of its Shanghai-produced Model 3 vehicles.

The country’s military also reportedly banned Tesla cars from its locations over privacy concerns related to the car’s cameras. Though, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the onboard cameras are not enabled in China.

China represents an important market for Tesla car sales and the company’s recent run of bad publicity has stunted interest in its vehicles. Following the safety concerns in China, sales in the market dropped 27% between April and March, CNN reported.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

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A Tesla crash killed 2 people in Texas. Authorities say nobody was driving – and the fire took 32,000 gallons of water to extinguish

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Authorities told local media they were certain nobody was driving the car.

  • Two people died in a car crash outside of Houston on Saturday after the Tesla they were in ran off the road.
  • Nobody was driving the car, authorities told local outlets.
  • CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the car was not operating under Autopilot.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Two people are dead in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in hopped a curb, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames, local outlets report. Authorities said nobody was driving the car.

The crash occurred on Saturday evening in Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb, when a Tesla traveling at a high speed failed to negotiate a bend and went off the road, local television station KHOU reports. Once the blaze was put out, first responders found the bodies of two men, one in the passenger’s seat and one in the back seat of the Tesla, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told the outlet.

Texas Tesla Crash.
First responders found one man in the passenger’s seat and the other in the back seat.

Judging by the physical evidence and their reconstruction of the incident, investigators concluded that there was nobody in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, Herman said.

“They are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact,” Herman told KHOU. “They feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle.”

Read more: Startup cofounders reveal their plan to solve the EV industry’s crucial cost problem by remaking the lithium-ion battery

The deadly incident comes amid a new spate of Tesla crashes that may have involved Autopilot, the carmaker’s advanced driver-assistance feature that comes standard on all of its new cars. Investigators haven’t determined if Autopilot was switched on at the time of the crash.

Texas Tesla Crash.
The fire took four hours to put out because the Tesla’s batteries kept reigniting, local media reported.

Autopilot automates some highway-driving tasks, but it doesn’t make cars autonomous, despite its moniker. Tesla has come under fire for Autopilot’s misleading name, which critics say overstates the technology’s ability and invites drivers to misuse it. Tesla also sells a bundle of more advanced driver-assistance features called “Full Self-Driving Capability,” which also doesn’t make cars drive themselves.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Autopilot’s role in more than 20 Tesla crashes, including multiple where cars smashed into emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Tesla says drivers need to pay full attention when using Autopilot, but there’s still room for owners to abuse the system, as evidenced by numerous videos of people sleeping in the driver’s seat or pulling other dangerous stunts.

Tesla monitors driver attention by requiring that they keep a hand on the steering wheel while Autopilot is engaged – something a reckless driver could theoretically do from the passenger’s seat. General Motors’ Super Cruise, on the other hand, uses internal cameras to tracks drivers’ gaze and ensure they’re looking at the road.

It took firefighters four hours and 32,000 gallons of water to put out the blaze because the Tesla’s batteries kept reigniting, KPRC reported. First responders had to call Tesla to ask how to put out the fire, according to the outlet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday afternoon that the car was not operating under Autopilot at the time of the incident and that the owner had not purchased the company’s “Full Self-Driving” package. The FSD upgrade adds even more driver assistance features to a vehicle but does not make it autonomous.

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US regulators are investigating the deadly Tesla crash where nobody was driving

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The federal government said it has created a team to investigate the crash.

  • The federal government will review a deadly crash in Texas involving a Tesla.
  • Nobody was driving the car at the time of the crash, authorities said.
  • US regulators are investigating more than 20 Tesla crashes.
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US safety regulators will investigate a fatal incident involving a Tesla that crashed into a tree with nobody in the driver’s seat on Saturday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will review the incident in an emailed statement to Insider on Monday.

“NHTSA is aware of the tragic crash involving a Tesla vehicle outside of Houston, Texas. NHTSA has immediately launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the crash,” the agency said. “We are actively engaged with local law enforcement and Tesla to learn more about the details of the crash and will take appropriate steps when we have more information.”

The National Transportation Safety Board, which reviews civilian transportation incidents, will also send two investigators to review the crash and the post-crash fire, it said Monday.

The incident happened on Saturday night in Spring, Texas, when a Tesla failed to make a turn and careened off the road, smashing into a tree and bursting into flames, local television station KHOU reported. First responders found the bodies of two men inside the scorched car – one in the front passenger’s seat and one in the back seat, the outlet reported.

Texas Tesla Crash.
Authorities determined that nobody was driving at the time of impact.

Investigators determined that nobody was driving the car when it crashed, police told KHOU.

“They are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told KHOU. “They feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle.”

NHTSA is already investigating the role of Autopilot – Tesla’s advanced driver-assistance system – in more than 20 recent crashes. It’s not known yet if Autopilot was engaged at the time of the crash.

Autopilot automates some driving tasks, but it doesn’t make Teslas drive themselves, despite its branding. Tesla has attracted criticism over the years for the way it markets Autopilot, and for the ways that some drivers abuse the system. Numerous videos have surfaced online of people sleeping in the driver’s seat or otherwise not paying attention to the road, despite Tesla’s disclaimer that the system requires full driver attention.

Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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A Tesla crash killed two people in Texas. Authorities say nobody was driving – and the fire took 32,000 gallons of water to extinguish

FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Authorities told local media they were certain nobody was driving the car.

  • Two people died in a car crash outside of Houston on Saturday after the Tesla they were in ran off the road.
  • Nobody was driving the car, authorities told local outlets.
  • Tesla has come under fire for the way some drivers abuse its driver-assistance technology, Autopilot.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Two people are dead in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in hopped a curb, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames, local outlets report. Authorities said nobody was driving the car.

The crash occurred on Saturday evening in Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb, when a Tesla traveling at a high speed failed to negotiate a bend and went off the road, local television station KHOU reports. Once the blaze was put out, first responders found the bodies of two men, one in the passenger’s seat and one in the back seat of the Tesla, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told the outlet.

Judging by the physical evidence and their reconstruction of the incident, investigators concluded that there was nobody in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, Herman said.

“They are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact,” Herman told KHOU. “They feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle.”

Read more: Startup cofounders reveal their plan to solve the EV industry’s crucial cost problem by remaking the lithium-ion battery

The deadly incident comes amid a new spate of Tesla crashes that may have involved Autopilot, the carmaker’s advanced driver-assistance feature that comes standard on all of its new cars. It’s not clear if Autopilot was switched on at the time of the crash.

Autopilot automates some highway-driving tasks, but it doesn’t make cars autonomous, despite its moniker. Tesla has come under fire for Autopilot’s misleading name, which critics say overstates the technology’s ability and invites drivers to misuse it. Tesla also sells a bundle of more advanced driver-assistance features called “Full Self-Driving Capability,” which also doesn’t make cars drive themselves.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Autopilot’s role in more than 20 Tesla crashes, including multiple where cars smashed into emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Tesla says drivers need to pay full attention when using Autopilot, but there’s still room for owners to abuse the system, as evidenced by numerous videos of people sleeping in the driver’s seat or pulling other dangerous stunts.

Tesla monitors driver attention by requiring that they keep a hand on the steering wheel while Autopilot is engaged – something a reckless driver could theoretically do from the passenger’s seat. General Motors’ Super Cruise, on the other hand, uses internal cameras to tracks drivers’ gaze and ensure they’re looking at the road.

Neither Tesla nor NHTSA responded to Insider’s request for comment.

It took firefighters four hours and 32,000 gallons of water to put out the blaze because the Tesla’s batteries kept reigniting, KPRC reported. First responders had to call Tesla to ask how to put out the fire, according to the outlet.

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A fiery Tesla crash killed two people outside of Houston. Authorities say nobody was driving.

FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Authorities told local media they were certain nobody was driving the car.

  • Two people died in a car crash outside of Houston on Saturday after the Tesla they were in ran off the road.
  • Nobody was driving the car, authorities told local outlets.
  • Tesla has come under fire for the way some drivers abuse its driver-assistance technology, Autopilot.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Two people are dead in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in hopped a curb, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames, local outlets report. Authorities said nobody was driving the car.

The crash occured on Saturday evening in Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb, when a Tesla traveling at a high speed failed to negotiate a bend and went off the road, local television station KHOU reports. Once the blaze was put out, first responders found the bodies of two men, one in the passenger’s seat and one in the back seat of the Tesla, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told the outlet.

Judging by the physical evidence and their reconstruction of the incident, investigators concluded that there was nobody in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, Herman said.

“They are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact,” Herman told KHOU. “They feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle.”

Read more: Startup cofounders reveal their plan to solve the EV industry’s crucial cost problem by remaking the lithium-ion battery

The deadly incident comes amid a new spate of Tesla crashes that may have involved Autopilot, the carmaker’s advanced driver-assistance feature that comes standard on all of its new cars. It’s not clear if Autopilot was switched on at the time of the crash.

Autopilot automates some highway-driving tasks, but it doesn’t make cars autonomous, despite its moniker. Tesla has come under fire for Autopilot’s misleading name, which critics say overstates the technology’s ability and invites drivers to misuse it. Tesla also sells a bundle of more advanced driver-assistance features called “Full Self-Driving Capability,” which also doesn’t make cars drive themselves.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Autopilot’s role in more than 20 Tesla crashes, including multiple where cars smashed into emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Tesla says drivers need to pay full attention when using Autopilot, but there’s still room for owners to abuse the system, as evidenced by numerous videos of people sleeping in the driver’s seat or pulling other dangerous stunts.

Tesla monitors driver attention by requiring that they keep a hand on the steering wheel while Autopilot is engaged – something a reckless driver could theoretically do from the passenger’s seat. General Motors’ Super Cruise, on the other hand, uses internal cameras to tracks drivers’ gaze and ensure they’re looking at the road.

Neither Tesla nor NHTSA responded to Insider’s request for comment.

It took firefighters four hours and 32,000 gallons of water to put out the blaze because the Tesla’s batteries kept reigniting, KPRC reported. First responders had to call Tesla to ask how to put out the fire, according to the outlet.

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Here is what we know about the Genesis GV80 that Tiger Woods was driving when he crashed

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2021 Genesis GV80.

  • The interior of the Genesis GV80 helped cushion Tiger Woods during the crash, according to the LA County Sheriff.
  • Genesis is the sponsor of the PGA Tour tournament Woods was hosting last week.
  • Car and Driver gave the vehicle a rating of 10/10.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Tiger Woods remains hospitalized in Los Angeles with injuries he sustained in a rollover car crash this week, an accident the LA County Sheriff’s Office said could have been worse if the golfer hadn’t been cushioned by his SUV’s interior.

Woods was driving a Genesis GV80, the brand’s first SUV. Genesis is a luxury brand sold by Korean automaker Hyundai. 

During Tuesday’s crash, the vehicle’s front end and and bumpers were destroyed, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference. But the interior of the car was not severely damaged, helping Woods survive, Villanueva said. 

“The interior of the vehicle was more or less intact which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would’ve been a fatal crash,” Villanueva said.

Genesis is the sponsor of the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour tournament that Woods was hosting at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

The company didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment. But, Genesis Motor North America CEO Mark Del Rosso said in a statement Tuesday he was “heartbroken to hear that Tiger was in an accident this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Some of the GV80’s safety features include an omnidirectional anti-collision technology that analyzes driving conditions as they occur, according to the Genesis GV80 website.

Additionally, a 10-Airbag System is installed that includes “a center airbag between the two front seats, to help prevent collisions between passengers and subsequent impact injuries,” it said.

The GV80 is also equipped with a blind-spot collision avoidance technology that evasively steers the car to safety to avoid a collision in case the drive is changing lanes or when another vehicle is changing lanes and is approaching towards the car’s rear, the company said on its website. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t released crash-test results or overall safety ratings for the GV80. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Wednesday on Twitter that the GV80 is currently being tested and results should be announced next month.

The vehicle has a starting price of $48,500 for entry level models. The premier 3.5T Prestige model is priced at over $70,000. 

The 2021 GV80 received strong reviews from Car and Driver, with a 10/10 rating. “With a sumptuously appointed and whisper-quiet cabin, the 2021 GV80 is exactly the flagship SUV the Genesis brand needs to be taken seriously by American consumers,” the magazine wrote. 

The GV80 is the fourth Genesis model after Hyundai decided to separate the luxury Genesis models from its high-end car models.

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Tiger Woods ‘lucky to be alive,’ police say, after breaking his legs in a Tuesday morning crash

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Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. Rescuers used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate him from the car where he reportedly sustained major leg injuries. Law enforcement reports that there was no evidence of impairment. He was in town to participate in The Genesis Invitational golf tournament.

  • Tiger Woods is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.
  • Woods suffered two broken legs after a car crash Tuesday morning.
  • Firefighters found Woods conscious and stable, Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.
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Tiger Woods was conscious when firefighters pulled him from an overturned vehicle on Tuesday, in stable condition but with “a very serious injury,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.

Though his condition was bad, “he wasn’t so serious that he needed to be transported to the nearest hospital for immediate life-saving treatment,” Osby said.

Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery after suffering two broken legs.

The renowned golfer is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Tuesday.

Villanueva declined to speculate on the cause of the single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the wealthy neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. He did say, however, “there was no evidence of impairment.”

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