Autonomous driving tech causes alarm in China following fatal NIO car accident, but experts say training mitigates risks


Debate has erupted over driver-assistance systems, which offers some autonomous functionality, following a fatal accident involving a NIO ES8 SUV. Many buyers say they were not educated about the tech’s limitations, which analysts say is necessary to help prevent future accidents. — SCMP

Drivers in mainland China are looking at driver-assistance systems with jaundiced eyes following a fatal car accident that has sparked debate about the possible misuse of the technology meant to be a pit stop on the way to fully autonomous driving.

As police continue to investigate the case involving electric carmaker NIO’s Navigation on Pilot (NOP) system, mounting worries about safety could put a dent in electric vehicle (EV) sales despite the accelerated pace of EV adoption in China.

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