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A self-steer BMW test vehicle veered into oncoming traffic in Germany on Tuesday, killing one and injuring nine.
A police spokesman in Reutlingen, Germany, says BMW iX There were five people inside, including a child, at the time of the accident. Rounding a corner, the vehicle veered into the wrong lane and rear-ended a vehicle before colliding with a Mercedes-Benz van.
The driver of the van, a 33-year-old man, was killed. The driver of the first vehicle, a 70-year-old woman, lost control of her car after the BMW rear-ended her. Her car collided with another vehicle and both cars fell off the road.
First responders soon arrived and took all five people in the BMW, including the 18-month-old baby, to a nearby hospital.
Police say they are still investigating The circumstances of the crash and those involved have yet to be interviewed.
“The vehicle involved in the accident was an autonomous electric test car,” police said in a statement. “Whether or not the 43-year-old (driver) was driving is a matter of investigation.”
BMW denies the vehicle is fully autonomous, however, saying it only has autonomous steering.
“The vehicle features a Level 2 driving assistance system that is already included in production vehicles today and that can provide driver support on demand,” the company told The Associated Press. “With Level 2 vehicles the driver always retains responsibility.”
“We are in the process of investigating the exact circumstances (of the accident),” BMW added. “Of course we are in close contact with the authorities.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.