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A taxi company has stopped the use of all Tesla Model 3s that are part of the company’s fleet, this after one of them caused an accident with one dead and several others injured.
The taxi company G7 is one of the largest in Paris and in its fleet they currently have 37 Tesla Model 3 cars. Now all Model 3 are out of traffic as a result of one of them being involved in a serious accident on Saturday 11 December.
According to Yann Ricordel, vice president of G7, the taxi was used outside the service of the driver who was to take his family to a restaurant. At a red light, the driver must have tried to brake when the car instead accelerated and hit a cyclist who was dragged along and then died. The driver must also have tried to stop the car by driving on surrounding obstacles such as garbage cans before it finally collided with a van and stopped. A total of about twenty people are said to have been injured, one of whom died and three are being treated for serious injuries.
– There are no signs that it would be linked to a technical problem, says Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister of Transport. The Minister of Transport also says that he spoke with Tesla’s CEO in Europe who announces that they have no safety problems reported with Model 3. Yann Ricordel also says that the initial investigation has ruled out a technical error.
At present, it is unclear whether Tesla’s so-called autopilot was activated at the time of the accident and the driver has tested negative in an alcohol test according to the police. According to a legal source, an investigation into involuntary murder must have been initiated against the driver of the car.
Tesla has not yet commented on the incident. In similar incidents, Tesla has used data from the car’s sensors and cameras to use as evidence. What actually happened at the time of the accident remains to be seen.
Tesla has previously had problems with, among other things, the autopilot function where the manufacturer’s models have been involved in several accidents, some of which have also been fatal.