Cruise AV rear-ends San Francisco transit bus
Occurred: April 2023
A Cruise autonomius vehicle (AV) has crashed in to the rear of a San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority articulated bus as it was leaving a stop. The incident resulted in no injuries, though the bus and car were damaged.
In a blog post, Cruise said that the bus’s behaviour was 'reasonable and predictable', and that the cause of the incident was 'a unique error related to predicting the movement of articulated vehicles (i.e. vehicles with two sections connected by a flexible joint, allowing them to bend in the middle).'
The incident led to General Motors-owned Cruise voluntarily recalling all 300 of its vehicles and releasing a software update to prevent the issue from happening again.
Operator: GM Cruise
Developer: GM Cruise
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability; Legal - liability
Transparency: Governance; Black box
NHTSA (2023). Product recall (pdf)
NHTSA (2023). Equipment recall report (pdf)
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Published: April 2023