Self-propelled BMW electric car loses control, 1 killed, 9 injured

The BMW iX electric car suddenly changed lanes, which resulted in a horrific accident. This accident took one life and 9 people were injured in it. The accident took place in Germany, where a test unit of a BMW iX with autonomous steering capability overturned in oncoming traffic, after which it collided with oncoming vehicles. However, the company has refused to believe that the car was on auto steering mode at the time of the accident.

According to the news agency AP, police reported on Tuesday that on Monday afternoon, five people with a small child were traveling in an electric BMW iX in Reutlingen, Germany’s southwestern city, when the car turned in its lane at a turn in the road. As a result of which four vehicles collided with each other. The report states that the BMW electric car first collided with an oncoming Citroen, after which it hit a Mercedes-Benz van, killing a 33-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

At the same time, the 70-year-old driver of the Citroen car, in which a total of three people were present, lost control of his car and the car collided with another vehicle, causing the car to go off the road and engulfed in flames.

The report says Reutlingen Police spokesman Michael Schaal said four rescue helicopters and dozens of firefighters arrived at the scene and the injured were taken to various hospitals there. These included a 43-year-old BMW driver, three adults aged 31, 42 and 47, and an 18-month-old child, all in the BMW test unit.

“The accident vehicle was an autonomous electric test car,” police said in a statement. “Whether it was being driven by the 43-year-old (driver) or not is under investigation.”

BMW has also confirmed that one of its test vehicles had crashed near Reutlingen, but denied that the vehicle was on fully autonomous mode. “The vehicle features a Level 2 Driving Assist system, which is already included in production vehicles today and that can support the driver on demand,” the company said in a statement. However, the company further stated that “with Level 2 vehicles the driver is always responsible.”

BMW also said that “we are in the process of investigating the exact circumstances (of the accident).” “Of course we are in close contact with the authorities.”

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