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US regulator opens probe into Ford’s hands-free driving tech BlueCruise

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The U.S. auto regulator said on Monday it has opened a preliminary investigation into Ford Motor’s hands-free driving technology BlueCruise after being informed of two incidents involving Mustang Mach-E cars that collided with stationary vehicles.

 


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened the evaluation to investigate BlueCruise, which provides partial driving automation with the expectation that the driver actively supervises its performance.

 

Both the collisions occurred during “nighttime lighting conditions”, and each resulted in at least one fatality, according to the NHTSA.


ODI’s initial investigation of the incidents confirmed BlueCruise’s engagement in each of the vehicles right before the collision.


BlueCruise is only available on certain roadways and uses a camera-based driver monitoring system to determine driver attentiveness.

 


The investigation will evaluate the system’s performance on the dynamic driving task and driver monitoring, the NHTSA said.

 


Ford Motor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

First Published: Apr 29 2024 | 5:21 PM IST

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