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Tesla Investigates Potential Autopilot Link in Fatal China Crash

  • Beijing court has accepted family’s lawsuit, CCTV reports
  • Tesla altered Autopilot translation used in China last month
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Tesla Investigates Fatal China Crash

Tesla Motors Inc. said it has no way of knowing whether its Autopilot system was involved in a crash in China that killed the driver because the car was too damaged to transmit data.

A court in Beijing’s Chaoyang district has accepted a lawsuit filed in July against Tesla by the family of the 23-year-old driver who died in January, state-run China Central Television reported. The family has asked for 10,000 yuan ($1,498) in compensation, according to the broadcaster, which aired dashboard footage of the Tesla hitting a cleaning truck from behind in the far-left lane on a highway in Hebei province.