A heavily disguised prototype of the 2012 Mercedes ML crashed into a Mazda that was stranded on the side of a road near Stuttgart, Germany. The driver of the Mazda was killed, and the ML rolled down the road for 800 feet before coming to a stop.
Three fatal crashes involving manufacturer test vehicles have occurred over the past seven years, two from Mercedes and one from Porsche. In the previous Mercedes incident, innocent bystanders were the victims, while in the Porsche accident, it was the driver who was the sole casualty. Germany’s transport minister Peter Ramsauer lashed out, admonishing the test drivers not to act like “Rambos” and called for a code of conduct among test drivers.