TECH: G7 removes Tesla taxis from its fleet after fatal accident in Paris.

December 17, 2021, 10:30 am

After a seri­ous acci­dent involv­ing one of its dri­vers in Paris on Sat­ur­day, G7 has decid­ed to sus­pend its Tes­la taxis until fur­ther notice.
On Sat­ur­day Decem­ber 11, a taxi dri­ver lost con­trol of his vehi­cle, a Tes­la Mod­el 3, caus­ing an acci­dent that left one dead and 20 injured, three of them in seri­ous condition.

After the dri­ver men­tioned a tech­ni­cal prob­lem with the car, the G7 com­pa­ny decid­ed to shut down all of its Mod­el 3s.

“As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure and in accor­dance with our pro­ce­dures, G7 has decid­ed to sus­pend the 37 G7-affil­i­at­ed dri­vers equipped with the mod­el sim­i­lar to the vehi­cle involved, pend­ing the progress of the inves­ti­ga­tion,” the com­pa­ny said in a statement.

No sus­pen­sion for Mod­el S
This pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure would con­cern 37 dri­vers and their vehi­cle. On the oth­er hand, the Tes­la Mod­el S (around 50 cars in the Parisian fleet) are not affect­ed by this deci­sion and can con­tin­ue to run.

To jus­ti­fy this deci­sion, G7 states that it has no indi­ca­tion that it could focus more on human or tech­ni­cal fail­ure. Pend­ing the con­clu­sions of spe­cial­ists, an inves­ti­ga­tion for “counts of manslaugh­ter and unin­ten­tion­al injuries by dri­ver of motor­ized land vehi­cle” was opened on Sat­ur­day, G7 is play­ing it safe.

For his part, Tes­la’s reac­tion is quite firm. The man­u­fac­tur­er, who has access to a large num­ber of tech­ni­cal vehi­cle data remote­ly, indi­cates that “there has been no tech­ni­cal failure”.

If Tes­la has cho­sen not to com­ment on the G7 deci­sion, the Cal­i­forn­ian has made him­self “avail­able to the author­i­ties” and said he is ready to pass on the data he has on this vehicle.

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