Ford BlueCruise Safety Investigation

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The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a branch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has opened a preliminary evaluation under action number PE24012 to assess critical incidents involving the Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles equipped with the BlueCruise system. This inquiry follows reports of two severe collisions with stationary vehicles during nighttime on controlled-access highways, each leading to tragic fatalities.

Key Highlights:

  • Investigation Focus: Evaluating BlueCruise’s performance and driver monitoring system.
  • Incident Reports: Two reported collisions, each resulting in at least one fatality.
  • Vehicle and Technology: 2021-2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E, featuring Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0.
  • Population Impacted: Approximately 130,050 vehicles estimated.
  • Incident Details: Collisions occurred with in-road stationary vehicles.

The Ford BlueCruise system, a component of the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 suite, offers advanced driver assistance with features like lane keeping and speed control, demanding active supervision by the driver. The system, which debuted in model year 2021, integrates a camera-based monitoring system to ensure driver attention remains on the road. However, the recent incidents have raised concerns about its effectiveness and safety, prompting a detailed investigation by ODI.

Manufacturer & Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
  • Technology: Partial driving automation features
  • Availability: Specific roadways

Failure Report Summary:

  • Total Incident Reports: 2
  • Fatalities: 3

As the investigation proceeds, ODI aims to thoroughly understand the dynamics of the crashes and the functionality of the BlueCruise system immediately before the collisions. Detailed findings from the SGO incident reports (IDs: 502-7268 and 502-7426) are available on the NHTSA website, which will supplement the ongoing evaluation.

The ODI’s approach to this investigation reflects their commitment to ensuring the safety of automated driving technologies and protecting the public from potential hazards associated with these advancements. As more vehicles incorporate automated features, the scrutiny of their operation and oversight becomes increasingly critical.

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