General Motors-owned Cruise, an autonomous vehicle company, has recalled 950 of its robotaxi after one of them collided with a pedestrian within San Francisco last month.
All of this began on October 2, when a human driver struck a pedestrian, causing the pedestrian to be tossed into the path of a Cruise robotaxi.
The pedestrian was dragged 20 feet by the robotaxi before it made an attempt to brake violently and stop by the side of the road.
Prior to that, on October 2, a pedestrian was struck by a human driver in a separate vehicle, which caused the pedestrian to be thrown towards the path of the Cruise robotaxi.
As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing and previous statements from the company, the self-driving vehicle Cruise braked forcefully prior to the collision and subsequently attempted to stop at the side of the road.
The car pulled the pedestrian forward by about twenty feet during this process.
Revoked Operational Permission: Cruise Collision Incidents
The crash on October 2 set off a federal investigation. Authorities in California revoked Cruise’s company’s permission to operate driverless cars in the state unless a human safety driver was present as a result of the collision and Cruise’s statements surrounding it.
As stated in the Nov. 7 NHTSA filing, Cruise discovered software flaws in its automated driving system, particularly in relation to its “Collision Detection Subsystem,” after the collision.
In addition to carrying out the voluntary recall, Cruise stated that the business is currently looking to appoint a chief safety officer.
As the company’s acting chief safety officer, Louise Zhang, vice president of safety as well as systems at Cruise, is in charge of the organization’s safety reviews and investigations, according to a statement from the business.
Cruise has requested independent investigations into the events of October 2, depending on a reputable legal firm that has represented Tesla in the past.
and Quinn Emanuel, Elon Musk, and Exponent, an engineering consulting firm