A check automobile with autonomous steering functionality veered into oncoming visitors in Germany, killing one individual and critically injuring 9 others, police stated Tuesday.
A spokesman for police within the southwestern city of Reutlingen stated the electrical BMW iX with 5 folks on board, together with a younger baby, swerved out of its lane at a bend within the highway, triggering a collection of collisions involving 4 autos Monday afternoon.
After brushing an oncoming Citroen, the BMW hit a Mercedes-Benz van head-on, ensuing within the dying of a 33-year-old passenger in that automobile.
The 70-year-old driver of the Citroen misplaced management of her automobile and crashed into one other automobile with two folks on board, pushing it off the highway and inflicting it to burst into flames.
Reutlingen police spokesman Michael Schaal stated 4 rescue helicopters and dozens of firefighters responded to the incident and the injured had been taken to a number of hospitals within the area. They included the 43-year-old driver of the BMW, three adults aged 31, 42 and 47, and a 18-month-old baby who had been all within the check automobile.
Schaal stated police hadn’t but had a possibility to interview these concerned within the crash.
“The crash vehicle was an autonomous electric test car,” police stated in an announcement. “Whether it was being steered by the 43-year-old (driver) or not is the subject of investigation.”
BMW confirmed that one in every of its check autos was concerned in a collision close to Reutlingen, however denied that the automobile was absolutely autonomous.
“The vehicle has a level 2 driving assistance system that is already incorporated in production vehicles today and which can support the driver on demand,” the corporate stated. “With level 2 vehicles the driver always retains responsibility.”
BMW added that the automobile was required to be marked as a check automobile for information safety functions, as a result of it was recording footage.
“We are in the process of investigating the exact circumstances (of the crash),” BMW stated. “Of course we are in close contact with authorities.”