In Germany, a BMW test car with autonomous steering causes one death and nine injuries

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 17 Aug, 2022

In Germany, a 33-year-old passenger in a Mercedes-Benz van died after a BMW test car hit it head-on.In Germany, an autonomous BMW test car swerved into oncoming traffic, killing one and seriously injuring nine others.

A police spokesman in the southwestern town of Reutlingen said an electric BMW iX driving with five people on board, including a young child, swerved out of its lane, causing four vehicles to collide.

A 33-year-old passenger in a Mercedes-Benz van died immediately after the BMW hit an oncoming Citroen head-on.

As a result of losing control of the Citroen, the 70-year-old driver hit another vehicle with two people inside, pushing it off the road and causing it to burst into flames.

A spokesperson for the Reutlingen police said four rescue helicopters and dozens of firefighters responded to the incident. The injured were taken to several hospitals throughout the region. This test vehicle was driven by a 43-year-old driver, three adults aged 31, 42, and 47, and an 18-month-old child.

A police interview with those involved in the accident has not yet taken place, Schaal said.

It was an autonomous electric test car that crashed, police said in a statement. The investigation will determine whether the 43-year-oldĀ  was steering it or not.'

In a statement, BMW confirmed that one of its autonomous test vehicles had been involved in a collision near Reutlingen, but denied that the vehicle was fully autonomous.

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