Following a fatal accident involving one of the vehicles over the weekend, a major Paris cab firm has banned its usage of Tesla Model 3 vehicles.
G7 Taxi said in an interview that it would stop the usage of 37 Tesla Model 3 cars in its fleet until the detective investigation into the Saturday incident was completed.
According to the G7’s leadership and France’s transport minister, preliminary results indicate that the accident was not caused by technical faults.
G7 said in a statement sent through its public relations firm Rumeur Publique that it was “amazed to learn of the horrific catastrophe that occurred on Saturday evening in Paris involving a cab driver.”
The cab driver was not on duty at the time of the collision, according to the corporation, and was traveling privately with his relatives.
As per French media, the vehicle collided with at least two pedestrians before colliding with a van.
The Paris prosecutor’s office stated in a statement that at least one person was murdered and 20 others were injured, including many persons with critical injuries.
On Saturday, an inquiry into allegations of homicide and unintentional harm was launched, according to the report.
G7 made no mention of the mortality in its statement, instead saying, “Miraculously, the persons transported escaped unscathed.”
“We are thinking of each injured individual and their loved ones,” it read.
The decision to stop using Tesla Model 3 vehicles was made as a “precautionary measure…pending the outcome of the inquiry,” according to the firm.
G7 stated that it will help any drivers affected by the decision and reimburse them “for the loss of business…during the suspension time.”
According to Reuters, G7 Deputy Chief Executive Yann Ricordel stated that an early investigation by Tesla ruled out the idea of a technical malfunction being at the root of Saturday’s disaster.
On Wednesday, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari stated that there were no signs that the deadly accident was caused by a technological flaw.
Tesla gathers data from the sensors and camera systems on its vehicles and has used such information in the past to refute assertions that technological flaws were to blame for accidents.
The company’s assistance “Autopilot” technology lets cars to perform driving activities such as steering, accelerating, and braking on their own.
However, drivers are required to maintain control of their vehicles while utilizing the system.
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