Fatal Crash Prompts NTSB Investigation Into Ford Driver Assists

Last week, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced an investigation into a fatal accident involving a Ford Mustang Mach-E. Per Reuters, the vehicle was involved in the accident while an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) was active. It isn’t clear which of the Mach-E’s many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were active, but the San Antonio Police Department report stated “partial automation” was on at the time of the incident.

This may rule out Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free driver assistance system. The system will steer, brake, change lanes, and accelerate on most highways. However, the system’s use can’t be totally ruled out, as the crash occurred on an interstate. At the time of the crash, a Honda CR-V was stationary in the lane before being hit by the Mach-E. Ford commented on the accident, saying it reported the incident to the NHTSA (as required by the organization) and that it is “actively researching all available information. Safety is a top priority for all of us at Ford, and we will collaborate fully with any resulting investigation." The NTSB, meanwhile, says it will investigate "due to its continued interest in advanced driver assistance systems and how vehicle operators interact with these technologies."

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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