US federal agencies are investigating a car crash in which a GM concern’s Robotaxi Cruise and a road user took part. As a result of the accident, people were injured. Details around the incident remain unclear.
Autonomous car control technologies are still far from becoming mass-produced.
Automakers are constantly improving them, but technology has to contend with some serious growth issues before people can take a quiet nap during their morning commute. A recent accident involving GM’s Cruise service and another vehicle is a reminder that such technology is far from perfect and can even be dangerous.
“The accident occurred a day after the Cruise project received the green light to operate and provide people transportation services in San Francisco.”
It is still unclear exactly what happened on the road. A spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department said they were unable to find an accident report related to the incident.
The report that Cruise service representatives filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows that the Cruise autonomous taxi was offline and stopped in traffic during the accident. A Toyota Prius crashed into a Cruise car, and the report notes that the taxi suffered “serious” damage to the rear and side as a result of the incident.
A Cruise spokesperson declined to explain why the car stopped in traffic. The accident prompted the “US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration” to launch a special investigation into the accident.