‘Self Driving Is Misleading’: Li Auto Takes Moral High Ground Over Tesla And NIO

17th August 2021
‘Self Driving Is Misleading’: Li Auto Takes Moral High Ground Over Tesla And NIO

Li Auto CEO Li Xiang has taken a swipe at competitors Tesla and NIO by asking for more clarification when discussing self driving.

On Monday, the Li took to his WeChat account to say, “the terms ‘autonomous’ and ‘assistance’ are conflicting each other in describing one single status.” He emphasised that the driver is ultimately responsible for their own safety.

Currently a Level 2 to 5 scale is used to reflect the degree to which the autonomous machine takes over. Li said the industry must adopt clearer terminology.

“I call on the media and industry bodies to unify the Chinese terminology standard for autonomous driving,” he said.

Li’s comments come just days after a 31-year-old was killed when his navigation-on-pilot NIO rear ended another vehicle on the highway.

US competitor Tesla, which prises itself on its self driving technology, is simultaneously under investigation in America following a series of Autopilot crashes with parked emergency vehicles. The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, which is almost the entirety of Teslas sold in the US since its inaugural model release in 2014.

To read Bread’s take on which Chinese EV is winning the the race, click here.

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Written by Bread News Team
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