Drivers of Tesla's 'Self-Driving' NEVs in China Must Keep Their Hands on the Steering Wheel
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Drivers of Tesla's 'Self-Driving' NEVs in China Must Keep Their Hands on the Steering Wheel

(Yicai Global) Oct. 21 -- All new electric vehicles produced by US automaker Tesla Motor Inc.'s [NASDAQ:TSLA] will feature the level five autonomous driving hardware suite Autopilot 2.0 that allows fully automated driving, CEO Elon Musk has announced.

However, in China, it is still mandatory that drivers 'keep their hands on the steering wheel.'

The 'self-driving' systems installed on Tesla cars in China are regarded as driving assistance systems and autopilot functions performed by the systems are only of an auxiliary nature, said a source at Tesla China.

There have been some tragedies connected with the self-driving system. 23-year-old Mr. Gao Yaning died in a car accident while driving his Model S in January. His father later filed a case against Tesla accusing it of exaggerating the performance of the Autopilot hardware suite and demanding an independent investigation into the accident.

"We are still waiting for Mr. Gao's relatives to provide more information to help us determine the cause of the accident," Mr. Zhu Xiaotong, president of Tesla China, told Yicai Gobal.

The California-based firm still has advantages over competitors Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in terms of technology and volume of road data and will never stop developing its autopilot technology, the source said.

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