Ford's BlueCruise Under NHTSA Lens After Fatal Crashes: Report

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reportedly launching an investigation into Ford Motor Co’s (NYSE:F) hands-free driving technology BlueCruise technology following two fatal crashes involving Ford Mustang Mach-E SUVs.

The NHTSA’s probe into approximately 130,000 Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021-2024  model vehicles is the initial step to assess potential safety risks, according to a report from Reuters.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is separately investigating two Mach-E crashes, including one in San Antonio, Texas, on February 24, resulting in a fatality, the report added.

NHTSA’s preliminary findings confirm BlueCruise activation just before the Philadelphia collision on March 3.

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Ford’s BlueCruise offers advanced hands-free driving on 97% of U.S. and Canadian highways, integrating driver monitoring systems for attentiveness.

The NHTSA inquiry extends to Mach-E vehicles equipped with Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0, including BlueCruise, introduced in 2021.

NHTSA will assess the system’s performance in dynamic driving tasks and driver monitoring, the report further noted.

Ford stock gained more than 4% in the last 12 months. Investors can find exposure to the stock via Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF (NYSE:VTI) and Invesco S&P Ultra Dividend Revenue ETF (NYSE:RDIV).

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Price Action: F shares are trading lower by 1.64% at $12.58 at the last check Monday.

DisclaimerThis content was partially produced with the help of AI tools and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

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