Tesla Removes "Autopilot" From Its Chinese Website Then Puts It Back

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Tesla Model S details on company's official Chinese websiteTesla Model S details on company's official Chinese websiteTesla Model S details on company's official Chinese website
Tesla’s Chinese website was modified at the end of last week through the removal of the term “Autopilot.”
The company repaired the error, which was at first believed to be an intentional removal. Tesla representatives stated that the removal of “Autopilot” from the Chinese version of their website was a mistake, but admitted to changes been made to the site.

According to Tesla, some of the terms and words on the web page were changed to make it clear that Autopilot is just a driver-assistance system, and that it does not make the vehicle fully autonomous.

The company wanted to ensure that its customers and potential clients understood that their system is not being marketed or made to make the cars fitted with it to drive themselves, Phys notes.

Tesla described the changes as modifications made to address “discrepancies across languages,” a barrier that many other companies have encountered over the years.

Initially, some believed that Tesla had removed Autopilot from its Chinese website as an attempt to eliminate any confusion on the market.

Since the capabilities of the system are a significant selling point for the Model S and Model X cars, it would have been extreme for the automaker tor remove them from its website.

The argument regarding Tesla Autopilot and its usage in China began after a driver of a Tesla Model S sideswiped a stranded vehicle on the third lane of a highway. The Tesla client posted footage from his dash cam that revealed that the Model S did little to avoid the impact.

As we noted in previous articles related to the story, the crash could have easily been prevented if the driver was cautious and had attempted to steer away from the stationary vehicle.

However, the customer claimed that it had been explained to him that Autopilot lets the car drive itself, and other Tesla owners in the country claimed the same thing when interviewed by local media.
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