Authorities probe a second deadly Ford EV crash that will have concerned its partially automated driving system

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating a March crash close to Philadelphia that killed two individuals and concerned a Ford electrical car that will have been working on {a partially} automated driving system.

A Mustang Mach E sport utility car hit two stationary passenger automobiles on Interstate 95 at 3:19 a.m. March 3, the company stated. Each drivers of the stationary automobiles have been killed, and one might have been outdoors of their car.

In a posting Wednesday on the social platform X, the company stated it’ll coordinate with the Pennsylvania State Police within the probe. The Mach E hit a parked Toyota Prius and rammed it right into a Hyundai Elantra, the company stated.

Ford stated in a press release that it was advised of the Philadelphia crash by the NTSB, and the corporate knowledgeable the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration.

“We are researching the events of March 3 and collaborating fully with both agencies to understand the facts,” the corporate stated Wednesday.

The crash is the second this year involving a Mach E that the NTSB has despatched a group to research. The primary crash occurred on Feb. 24 alongside Interstate 10 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration is also investigating that crash, during which the Mach E struck a Honda CR-V that was stopped within the center lane with no lights round 9:50 p.m. The driving force of the CR-V was killed.

The NTSB stated that preliminary info exhibits the Mach E within the Texas crash was geared up with Ford’s partially automated driving system

The company on the time stated it was investigating the crash resulting from continued curiosity in superior driver help techniques and the way car operators work together with the brand new know-how.

Ford’s Blue Cruise system permits drivers to take their arms off the steering wheel whereas it handles steering, braking and acceleration on highways. The corporate says the system isn’t absolutely autonomous and it screens drivers to verify they take note of the highway. It operates on 97% of managed entry highways within the U.S. and Canada, Ford says.

There are not any absolutely autonomous autos on the market to the general public within the U.S.

Each NHTSA and the NTSB have investigated a number of earlier crashes involving partially automated driving techniques, most involving Tesla’s Autopilot. In previous investigations, the NTSB has examined how the partially automated system functioned.

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