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Final Thursday, March 23, 2023, a Cruise robotaxi, working autonomously and with no driver or passenger within the car, was concerned in a minor accident with a San Francisco Muni bus. Nobody was injured within the incident. Each the Cruise car and Muni bus acquired some damages, with the robotaxi seeming to take the brunt of the affect, in line with Forbes.
Whereas there aren’t many particulars in regards to the accident, Cruise tweeted the next temporary assertion after the incident: “Yesterday, one in all our automobiles made contact with the rear of a Muni bus. No accidents had been reported, and there have been no passengers current within the Cruise AV. We’re investigating the incident and can take follow-up actions if applicable.”
Robotaxi corporations are sometimes fast to clear issues up if their automobiles aren’t at fault in incidents. So many are assuming the Cruise robotaxi rear-ended the bus, primarily based partly on Cruise saying within the assertion one in all its automobiles “made contact with the rear of a Muni bus.”
This afternoon, one in all our automobiles made contact with the rear of a Muni bus. No accidents had been reported, there have been no passengers current within the Cruise AV, and it has been cleared from the scene.
— cruise (@Cruise) March 24, 2023
This incident occurred simply days after one other Cruise robotaxi drove by means of warning tape that closed off a street the place overhead trolley wires had fallen throughout a significant high-wind storm. The car hit the wires which had been powered off on the time. Had the ability strains been dwell when the car hit them, the incident may have been a lot worse.
In December, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) introduced it was opening an investigation into the corporate’s automated driving system. In a submitting, NHSTA mentioned it was thinking about two totally different points that had been reported to the administration that each outcome within the robotaxis changing into hazards for others on the street.
NHSTA’s first concern is with the corporate’s robotaxis reportedly braking too laborious in sure circumstances. The administration acquired three stories of a Cruise car braking too laborious in response to a automotive approaching them rapidly from the rear, ensuing within the Cruise car being rear-ended in all three incidents.
The administration’s second concern is with the robotaxis changing into immobilized on the street. NHSTA has acquired a number of stories of Cruise automobiles stalling on the street, with no human operators current. NHTSA’s Workplace of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened a preliminary investigation to find out the scope and severity of each points.
Final week, Cruise filed an software with the California DMV to check its robotaxis statewide. The corporate has been working to broaden its companies in a number of areas, together with in Austin and within the suburbs of Phoenix. It’s additionally working to roll out its purpose-built Origin car on public roads in San Francisco.
Final month, Cruise introduced its totally driverless automobiles have traveled over a million miles. A majority of Cruise’s totally driverless miles had been pushed in San Francisco, the place the corporate first rolled out its robotaxis in November 2021.
The Robotic Report reached out to Cruise for particulars on each incidents however hasn’t heard again as of press time. If we do get any extra data, this story might be up to date.