GM-backed Cruise autonomous vehicle under scanner for crash; causing injuries 

The crash took place just a day after autonomous driving firm Cruise received the green light to operate and offer services in San Francisco.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 11 Jul 2022, 10:23 AM
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Though autonomous vehicles have come a long way, they still need a lot more improvement in terms of safety and functioning. A recent crash involving a Cruise autonomous taxi and another vehicle in San Francisco is a harsh reminder that the technology is far from perfect. Following this incident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a special crash investigation.

The crash took place just a day after Cruise received the green light to operate and offer services in San Francisco. As per a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a Cruise taxi was in autonomous mode and stopped in traffic when the crash took place with a Toyota Prius. The latter broadsided the autonomous taxi, causing major damage to its rear and side in the incident.

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It is unclear why did the Cruise autonomous taxi stop in the traffic but the incident caused injuries to occupants of both the vehicles involved in the crash.

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This investigation is NHTSA's 45th one that the agency has opened sine 2016 but the first such for Cruise. The agency has been increasing its scrutiny of automakers' semi-self-driving and advanced driver-assist technologies. These technologies still require a lot of work and fine-tuning. 

Though this is the first such investigation opened by NHTSA for Cruise, this is not the first time it has landed in a soup with authorities. Earlier in April, police officials had to stop a driverless Cruise taxi for failing to have its headlights turned on. In late June, more than a dozen Cruise taxis blocked a San Francisco street that required the company's staff to come and drive them to put them back on roads.

First Published Date: 11 Jul 2022, 10:17 AM IST
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