An autonomous car drove into the opposite direction and caused a major accident in Germany

A self-driving car caused a particularly serious accident in Germany after it drove into the opposite direction and hit three other cars.

German police are investigating a road accident involving a self-driving car that left one person dead and nine others injured. According to statements given by a police spokesman in the southwestern city of Reutlingen, the accident was caused by an electric BMW iX model with autonomous driving capabilities. At the time of the accident, there were five people in the car, including a small child.

According to German authorities, earlier this week the car left its lane on a curve, triggering a series of collisions involving three other cars. The car went out for unknown reasons in the opposite direction, first hitting a car coming from the opposite direction. The collision between the two cars, however, caused a head-on collision between the second car and a third vehicle. In turn, the autonomous car we are talking about hit a fourth car, whose driver lost his life.

The accident turned out to be particularly serious, with the authorities intervening on the scene in a rescue operation with no less than 4 helicopters and 10 ambulances. Also, 15 emergency vehicles with 80 firefighters were sent to the scene.

BMW says the car had a level 2 range

The accident is currently being investigated by German authorities, with police saying it is still unclear what actually happened. We only know that the accident was caused by a BMW iX model in testing, but it is not clear whether at the time of the impact the autonomous vehicle was driven by the on-board computer or by the 43-year-old driver.

The German manufacturer confirmed the rumor that one of its test cars was involved in this accident, but denied that the car was fully autonomous. Specifically, we are talking about level 2 autonomy, which assumes that automatic systems take control of speed and direction, while the driver must be present in the car and attentive to everything that is happening on the road to be able to intervene at any time.

Source: Nation World News


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