BMW denies collision with self-driving car in Germany: “Driver always remains responsible” | Abroad

UpdateNo self-driving vehicle was involved in a serious crash on a German highway on Monday. BMW said in a statement. Police previously said the accident was caused by an electric test vehicle. One person was killed and nine injured in the collision.

A 33-year-old woman was killed in the traffic accident. Nine others were injured, including the 43-year-old driver of the BMW and one of its four passengers, an 18-month-old child, Reuters reports.

The forty-something was behind the wheel of the electric BMW iX when things went wrong on the B28 road near Römerstein, southeast of Stuttgart. For unknown reasons, the vehicle ended up on the road from the opposite direction. There, the BMW collided head-on with two other cars and also hit a fourth car, the driver of which was killed.

The emergency services rushed out with four rescue helicopters and ten ambulances. Eighty firefighters also went to the crash site. Initially, police said a self-driving vehicle had caused the collision, but German automaker BMW denied it in a statement.

Driver Assistance

BMW confirms that one of its models was involved in the accident, but says it was not a self-driving car. However, the car was equipped with driver assistance level 2. This means that the car could automatically brake, accelerate and take over the steering. “However, the driver always remains responsible,” said BMW.

The carmaker says it is working closely with authorities to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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The accident happened on Monday on the B28 road near Römerstein, southeast of Stuttgart. © Videostill Image