Xiaopeng P7 on Auto-Assisted Driving Collides With Rollover Accident Vehicle in China

Chinese media outlets a few days ago reported a car crash in Yueyang, Hunan involving a Xiaopeng P7 sedan and a rollover accident vehicle. The driver of the Xiaopeng electric vehicle, identified only as Mr Deng, said that he had the auto-assisted driving function turned on at the time of the accident.

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After cruising more than ten kilometres along the national highway, the driver said he suddenly spotted a tipped-over vehicle blocking the road ahead, so he immediately slammed the breaks. The P7, however, did not stop and continued to move at full speed, resulting in a head-on collision with the roadside vehicle. Both vehicles reportedly suffered serious damage. The accident was caught on the P7's dashcam.

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Mr Deng noted that the automatic driving function of his vehicle failed to raise any alarms or decelerate as it approached the traffic hazard. Xiaopeng Motors responded to the driver, saying that even with function activated, he still should have kept his eyes on the road and taken over control of the vehicle from time to time.


"Regarding the accident reported by the owner, Mr. Deng, when he used ACC+LCC (Adaptive Cruise Control & Lane Centering Function), he collided with the accident vehicle parked in front of him, and our company attaches great importance to it," reads a statement from the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer. "We are deeply sorry for the accident of the vehicle, and at the same time express our concern for Mr. Deng’s physical condition."


No injuries were reported from the accident. The local traffic police department also conducted their investigation of the crash and their findings are said to support Xiaopeng's claims about the driver.


"Here, we need to remind the majority of drivers again that in the process of using the assisted driving system, it is necessary to keep observing the surrounding environment of the vehicle, and follow the instructions for using the relevant functions in the user manual to ensure driving safety," added Xiaopeng Motors.

 
  • Chinese media outlets a few days ago reported a car crash in Yueyang, Hunan involving a Xiaopeng P7 sedan and a rollover accident vehicle.

  • The driver of the P7 said that he had the auto-assisted driving function turned on when the accident happened, noting how the brakes did not work.

  • Xiaopeng Motors responded to the driver, saying he should have kept his eyes on the road and taken over control of the vehicle from time to time.

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