Self-driving BMW stuck in traffic, killing one

BERLIN — One person was killed and nine seriously injured after a self-driving test car drove into oncoming traffic and caused a series of crashes involving four vehicles on Monday afternoon, German police said on Tuesday. announced that he had lost

A police spokesman for the southwestern town of Reutlingen said an electric BMW iX with five people in it, including a young child, swerved into its lane at a turn in the road and hit an oncoming Citroen. Stated.

The BMW then collided head-on with a Mercedes-Benz van, killing a 33-year-old passenger in the car.

Meanwhile, the 70-year-old driver of the Citroen lost control of his car and crashed into another car with the two of them in it, pushing it off the road and setting it ablaze.

Reutlingen police spokesman Michael Schaar said four rescue helicopters were involved in the medical response and the injured were taken to several hospitals in the area. , three adults aged 31, 42 and 47, and an 18-month-old child were all in the test vehicle.

Schaar said police had not yet had the opportunity to interview those involved in the crash. He said it was unclear whether the vehicle was powered or driven autonomously.

BMW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Associated Press