Tesla Model 3 Crashes in Greece, Driver Says Autopilot Was Engaged

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Tesla Model 3 owner You You Xue was on a worldwide road trip showcasing his new car when it all horribly wrong.

Xue became well-known in automotive and Tesla fan circles recently for his Model 3 road trip in which he let curious car fans sample the EV. He took the car all around America and up to Canada, letting folks know where he’d be and when through his self-started ‘ Tesla Model 3 Roadtrip‘ Facebook page. After showing the car to all of North America, Xue continued his trip in Europe, driving it across the continent and again letting potential Model 3 buyers get up close and personal with the car at various scheduled stops along the way.

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Unfortunately, Xue’s road trip came to an abrupt end over the weekend when he hit a highway barrier in Greece. ABC7, who spoke to Xue via Skype, reports the vehicle was in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash. Xue said he “felt the car veering severely to the right,” before it hit a highway attenuator, ripping the front driver’s side wheel off. Xue said he had one hand on the wheel at the time of the crash and was looking at his phone when the vehicle suddenly veered right.

“The software, as I learned the hard way, is very capable of swerving the car which I think is abnormal,” he told ABC7.

Tesla responded by saying that Autopilot is not yet available outside of North America, explaining that it has “no connectivity or service available for vehicles,” in Greece or elsewhere in Europe.

“Although we haven’t been able to retrieve any data from the vehicle given that the accident occurred in an unsupported area, Tesla has always been clear that the driver must remain responsible for the car at all times when using Autopilot,” the automaker said in a statement. “We’re sorry to hear that this accident occurred, and we’re glad You You is safe.”

Hey @elonmusk this is what happened when my Autopilot malfunctioned. Glad I’m not dead, would you please investigate? pic.twitter.com/2HH5uPNKYA

— You You Xue ?? (@youyouxue) May 26, 2018

Xue said he will receive no compensation for the crash, as he only has third-party coverage. Even though the car is likely a complete loss, he’s still looking into having the car shipped back to his home in San Francisco.

“My insurance is third-party only, which means I will receive no compensation for this collision,” he said. “I am now calling a tow truck driver who will tow the car to Thessaloniki as it is not drivable. I will make further plans, most likely to repatriate the car back to San Francisco from there. ”

Interestingly, the crash appears to have occurred at an exit fork, similar to the fatal Model X crash in California. No matter the true cause of the accident, it seems that those potential European Model 3 customers who were hoping to check out Xue’s car are now out of luck.

[Source: AB7]

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • RussellL RussellL on May 28, 2018

    Xue said he had one hand on the wheel at the time of the crash and was looking at his phone when the vehicle suddenly veered right. Everytime you engage Autopilot, the car displays the message: Always Keep Your Hands on the Wheel Be Prepared to Take Over at Any Time

  • K03sport K03sport on May 29, 2018

    it looks like it should buff out... so, he has a new vehicle without full coverage, bu he can take a world road trip? As I understand it, if he still owes money on it (a loan), he has to have full coverage. If he paid for it in full, and elected to go w/o collision, it doesn't seem very smart, especially for a guy going on a world road trip and who is now driving his North American car in a different country. I could swear that countries require you to have insurance when importing your vehicle, but don't quote me on that. Also, if he had a loan, I wonder what the bank thought about him leaving the country with "their" property? I guess he also missed/skipped the part in the owner's manual about AP not being available outside of North America...seems rather important to me. One more reason why Tesla should disable the AP feature as a few owners are demonstrating that "we" are not ready for self-driving cars, even in the most limited fashion.