Many Chinese automakers have poured money and technology into the research and development of electric vehicles, and safety is always the first priority. An electric car accident occurred recently on a highway in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China, caused by the Chinese self-driving automobile brand “Xpeng.” This story drew a lot of attention on Weibo and other channels.
According to NetEast, on Aug. 11, a video showed a white Xpeng electric car designated “P7” traveling on the highway, with the automated mode turned on. The driver of the electric car was unaware of the situation ahead and was unable to avert it in time, so he collided with a stopped vehicle in the inner lane due to a malfunction. The collision’s terrific power catapulted the driver behind the faulty car into the air and he landed on the car. The two cars slid for a few yards before coming to a halt. The rear of the car was severely damaged, the front of the Xiaopeng P7 was also bent, and the driver died instantly, prompting Chinese netizens to question the safety of the Xpeng model.
According to Sina, the Xpeng car’s owner stated that on the afternoon of Aug. 10, he drove with the LCC (lane centering control) function on and adjusted the speed to 50 mph in accordance with the speed limit. In addition to being “inattentive,” the driver who caused the accident claimed that the incident occurred because the system did not warn him.
Many Chinese netizens, according to Aboluowang, left doubful comments, such as “The more electronic functions, the more likely it is to have problems,” “Does having an automatic car mean that you can drive without looking?” and “Electric cars have more advanced technology, but the result is like this.”
There are also many who believe that the car stopped in the lane was too risky and contributed to the tragedy.
Prior to this occurrence, Xpeng told Sohu that after checking, they confessed that on Aug. 10, a car owner in Ningbo collided with a person who had stopped to inspect the damaged car, resulting in injuries. Xpeng expressed sorrow and condolences for the death in this tragedy.
According to Xpeng, the firm immediately stepped in to assist now that the traffic department has created a file to handle the incident. Xpeng will fully cooperate with relevant departments in the investigation of the accident, will continue to monitor and update results, and will support customers in dealing with other problems.
This year, China has documented many incidents involving electric cars. A car collision happened outside the entrance to a hospital in Luohe City, Henan Province, on July 4, injuring five people and killing one. The driver of the NIO electric car unexpectedly accelerated and collided with the automobile in front, resulting in a collision.
Earlier, on June 22, at about 5:20 p.m., an NIO test car fell from the third story of the company’s headquarters in Shanghai, killing two testers in the cockpit, one of whom was an NIO employee and the other a partner employee.