Shocking Investigation Unveiled: Deadly Collision Involving Advanced Driving Tech – What Really Happened?

Investigators from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are currently examining a tragic accident involving a Ford Mustang Mach-E equipped with advanced driving assistance technology.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT (Image source: Twitter)

The Mach-E collided with the rear of a stationary Honda CR-V on the road.

According to an email sent to CNN by the NTSB, a team from its Special Investigations Branch of the Office of Highway Safety has traveled to to assess the wreckage and gather details about the accident site and the events leading to the crash.

The NHTSA has also confirmed its involvement in the , with initial reports coming from the Wall Street Journal.

Federal investigators are scrutinizing numerous accidents involving advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). While many involve vehicles due to the widespread use of Tesla's Autopilot system, crashes involving vehicles from other manufacturers such as General Motors' Cadillac, Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand, and Volvo are also under investigation, according to information provided by the NHTSA.

ADAS systems are designed to manage fundamental driving tasks like lane-keeping and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, primarily on highways. Some systems permit drivers to momentarily relinquish control of the steering wheel and pedals on specific highways. However, drivers are monitored through interior cameras to ensure they remain attentive to the road.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently evaluated fourteen of these systems, including two from Ford. Eleven were rated as “Poor,” including Ford's hands-free system and its system, which is similar but necessitates drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.

It's uncertain which system was engaged in the Texas crash.

Ford has yet to comment on the investigation.

IIHS criticized many of the tested ADAS systems for inadequately monitoring driver attention and failing to engage the driver effectively.

The NTSB anticipates a preliminary report on the crash within 30 days, while a comprehensive investigation report may take one to two years. NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy has previously voiced concerns about NHTSA's perceived sluggishness in overseeing and regulating these technologies.

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