California DMV is investigating a Cruise robotaxi’s collision with a hearth truck

Cruise will briefly be deploying fewer autonomous autos in San Francisco whereas investigators are wanting into “current regarding incidents” involving its fleet. In response to The New York Times and TechCrunch, the California Division of Motor Automobiles requested the corporate to chop its fleet in half after an incident whereby one in all Cruise’s robotaxis collided with a hearth truck at an intersection. The hearth truck had its sirens and crimson lights on and was responding to an emergency on the time, whereas the robotaxi has passengers onboard who sustained non-life-threatening accidents. In one other, maybe much less controversial, incident a couple of days earlier than that, a Cruise automobile got stuck in wet concrete

The DMV stated in an announcement that its major focus is “the secure operation of autonomous autos and security of the general public who share the highway with these autos.” It additionally added that it “reserves the proper, following investigation of the information, to droop or revoke testing and/or deployment permits” if it determines that an organization’s autos is a menace to public security. The company has requested Cruise to restrict its driverless autos in operation to 50 throughout daytime and 150 at night time, no less than till the investigation is finished. 

In an explanation in regards to the collision posted on the corporate’s web site, Cruise’s Common Supervisor for San Francisco, Greg Dietrerich, stated the robotaxi recognized the emergency automobile as quickly because it got here into view. It was additionally capable of distinguish the hearth truck’s sirens “as quickly because it was distinguishable from the background noise.” Nevertheless, it wasn’t potential to see autos coming from across the nook “till they’re bodily very near the intersection” the place the incident occurred. Additional, the autonomous automobile had bother predicting the hearth truck’s path, as a result of it moved into the “oncoming lane of site visitors” to bypass a crimson gentle. Dietrerich stated Cruise’s AV recognized the chance of a collision and hit the brake to scale back its pace, however it wasn’t capable of keep away from the crash utterly on account of these situations. 

The DMV’s request comes only a few days after the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) voted in favor of permitting each Cruise and Waymo to cost fares for totally driverless rides any time of the day in San Francisco. Earlier than that, Cruise may solely supply fared rides with no security driver onboard in restricted areas of the town between 10PM and 6AM. The one commissioner who voted towards the businesses’ paid experience growth argued that the CPUC did not have sufficient data to precisely consider the impression of autonomous autos on first responders.

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