Tesla removes 'autopilot' from site

The electric car maker changes a translation on its China website after a Beijing driver crashed his Model S while in 'autopilot' mode.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla removed the word "autopilot" and the Chinese word for "self-driving" from its China website.

The electric car maker took this action after a driver in Beijing crashed his Model S while in "autopilot" mode and accused Tesla sales staff of promoting it as a "self-driving" vehicle. That collision occurred earlier this month. The car failed to avoid a parked vehicle. No one was injured.

By late Sunday (Aug 14), the word for self-driving that can also mean autopilot, "zidon jiashi," was taken off the website. A Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters, "At Tesla, we are continuously making improvements, including to translations."

Tesla now uses the phrase for "self-assisted driving" on its China website. The collision in Beijing follows a fatal accident in Florida in May involving the Model S in Autopilot mode, prompting a federal investigation.

Tesla says Autopilot is an assist feature that requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.