A Chevy Bolt retrofitted into an autonomous vehicle (AV) by General Motors Co. subsidiary Cruise was pulled over by the San Francisco Police last week, upon which the car bolted to a safe spot a few yards away (via Electrek).
The SFPD reportedly pulled the driverless car over because its headlights weren’t on at night. While the car yielded at first and an officer stepped out to examine it, the vehicle shortly “fled” across the intersection to what it deemed to be a safer location.
— Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) April 10, 2022
Cruise responded to the incident via Twitter on Sunday, noting that the AV functioned “as intended” and merely moved to “the nearest safe location for the traffic stop.” GM’s autonomous driving technology subsidiary affirmed that an SFPD officer got in touch with Cruise personnel and that “no citation was issued” as a result of the traffic stop.
“We work closely with the SFPD on how to interact with our vehicles, including a dedicated phone number for them to call in situations like this,” added Cruise in a follow-up tweet.
We work closely with the SFPD on how to interact with our vehicles, including a dedicated phone number for them to call in situations like this.
— cruise (@Cruise) April 10, 2022
Here’s a video from Cruise that discusses how the company’s autonomous cars interact with police and other first responders:
Google’s Waymo joined Cruise in San Francisco last year by opening self-driving rides to residents. Last month, General Motors Co. announced an additional investment of $3.45 billion USD in Cruise.
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