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BMW iX Crash: Getting at the Cause

Many reporters covering the crash glommed onto one issue: Was BMW’s iX ‘test car’ a self-driving vehicle? That question misses the point.

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By Junko Yoshida

A BMW iX “test vehicle” that crashed on Aug. 15 near Römerstein, Germany, initially generated a lot of justifiable media coverage.

The accident killed one woman and seriously injured nine others, including the 43-year-old driver of the BMW and the driver’s 18-month-old passenger. The BMW vehicle had veered onto the oncoming lane, hitting two vehicles and indirectly causing another collision.

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