NTSB investigates second fatal Mach-E crash potentially involving BlueCruise

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has launched another investigation into a second fatal crash involving a Ford Mustang Mach-E and two stationary cars. The agency will be investigating whether Ford’s driver assist system, BlueCruise, was been active at the time of the crash.

The NTSB concluded this week that BlueCruise was active in another crash in Austin involving a Mach-E and a Honda CRV that had broken down and was sitting stationary in the middle of a highway.

In an update to their website this week, the NTSB said it was looking into an accident from March 3, 2024, when a Mustang Mach-E collided with two stationary passenger cars on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia. Unfortunately both drivers of the stationary vehicles were killed in the accident.

​​”We are investigating a fatal Crash involving a Ford Mustang Mach-e electric powered SUV. The Ford collided with a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, and a 2006 Toyota Prius. Both the Hyundai and Toyota were stationary in the travel lanes of I-95 and were struck from behind by the Ford. The crash occurred in Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 2024,” the agency wrote.

Ford has commented on the investigation, saying it is cooperating fully with the NTSB and the Pennsylvania State Police.

We are researching the events of March 3 and collaborating fully with both agencies to understand the facts.

Ford spokesperson

As we told you yesterday, the preliminary results from the NTSB investigation into an earlier crash involving a Mach-E and a stationary vehicle in Austin, Texas, found that BlueCruise was active.

Ford BlueCruise is advertised as a hands-free driver assistance system, which is designed to manage steering, braking, and acceleration on highways.

Both the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have previously investigated multiple crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot system. After a two-year investigation, the NHTSA found no fault with the capabilities of Autopilot, but required Tesla to increase the safeguards to prevent driver misuse of the system.

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