GM Cruise recalls 80 self-driving cars due to accident risk

GM Cruise recalls 80 self-driving cars due to accident risk

According to federal transportation regulators, General Motors’ self-driving car division Cruise has recalled an old version of the software used by its robotic taxi during the San Francisco crash in June.

Cruise updated the automated driving system, or ADS, software, and all affected vehicles were repaired in July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. report published early Thursday morning on its website. The problem was related to situations where self-driving cars turned left at traffic lights without a green arrow.

“The software can, under certain circumstances, cause an unprotected left turn to cause ADS to incorrectly predict the path of another vehicle or fail to respond adequately to a sudden change in path by a road user,” the report says.

On June 2, Cruise received permission from the California Public Utilities Commission to charge late-night fares for robot taxi services. The next day, one of her cars collided with a Toyota Prius while trying to make an unprotected left turn. The driver of the Prius was driving at 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The incident prompted both the NHTSA and Cruz’s board to start asking questions, which led to the filing of a revocation. Cruise no longer uses the version of software that was in use in 80 of its vehicles at the time of the accident.

“We have submitted this voluntary application in the interests of transparency to the public,” Cruise spokeswoman Hannah Lindow said in an email. “This is for a previous version of the software and does not affect our current road operations.”

In addition, Cruise also had to make fixes to its autonomous driving system after about a dozen cars stopped at the same intersection in San Francisco, surrounding other motorists while the company sent employees to pick up the cars.

– Assisted by Keith Lang.

About the photo: Cruise car in San Francisco, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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