A Cruise robotaxi in San Francisco collided with a San Francisco Hearth Division truck late Thursday, CNBC reports. A passenger driving contained in the Cruise self-driving automobile suffered “non-severe accidents” and was transported in an ambulance, in keeping with an official company post on X (formally Twitter) this morning.
The corporate says its automotive, which was driverless on the time, “entered the intersection on a inexperienced mild” earlier than getting “struck by an emergency automobile.” The publish famous that the fireplace division automobile was on its approach to an emergency scene, suggesting the chance that the Cruise automobile didn’t yield to an emergency automobile. The crash occurred round 10PM native time within the Tenderloin district of town.
“We’re investigating to higher perceive our AVs efficiency, and will likely be in contact with the Metropolis of San Francisco in regards to the occasion,” Cruise’s publish reads.
The incident comes lower than every week after the California Public Utilities Fee voted to permit paid 24/7 robotaxi companies in San Francisco, handing firms like Cruise and Alphabet-owned Waymo an enormous victory.
Metropolis officers and residents have pleaded with the state to decelerate the efforts, citing incidents by which self-driving vehicles have interfered with emergency autos. San Francisco Hearth Chief Jeanine Nicholson stated the autos have been “not prepared for prime time.” The division on the time logged 66 incidents by which robotaxis interfered with fireplace vehicles, beginning in Might 2022.
Since Cruise started testing in San Francisco, its autos have obstructed visitors on a number of events, together with a scenario the place 10 autonomous autos halted visitors in a busy intersection throughout a music competition. And a cement mason’s worst nightmare occurred on Tuesday when a Cruise automobile reportedly got stuck in wet concrete.