The BMW test vehicle that crashed in the Swabian Alb on Monday could not have been driving autonomously at the time of the accident. This was announced by the public prosecutor and the police on Wednesday after examining the car. Three experts, specialists from the Tübingen traffic police and the LKA as well as engineers from the manufacturer were involved in the assessment.
One person died in the tragic collision and nine people were seriously injured. The investigation into the cause of the accident continued. Now the read data of the test vehicle would have to be evaluated and its driver would have to be heard, said a spokesman. “It takes time.”
A series of serious accidents involving the driver assistance package that the US electric car manufacturer Tesla calls “Autopilot” has led to a certain awareness of semi-autonomous driving aids over the past few years.
According to the police, the 43-year-old driver of the test car was on Monday with four other people in the car near Römerstein. In a curve, his car came into the oncoming lane and grazed a car. This then crashed head-on into another. This vehicle also left the roadway and immediately caught fire. The test car collided with another car. The 33-year-old passenger in the car suffered fatal injuries.
According to the police, there were two men aged 31 and 47 in the test car next to the driver, as well as a 42-year-old and a one-and-a-half-year-old child. Like the other people involved in the accident, they were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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