Driverless Hell: Another Cruise Robotaxi Crashes in San Francisco, This Time Into a Fire Truck
There has been a lot of talk about Tesla owners abusing the cars’ semi-autonomous driving features and crashing into emergency vehicles, but there was at least a driver present in those situations. Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous taxi division, can’t seem to keep its vehicles out of trouble, as they keep crashing into things in their home test city of San Francisco. Last night, a taxi crashed into a fire truck, sending one person to the hospital.
The accident happened after 10 pm in the city’s Tenderloin district, and the news video shows the car’s side smashed up after hitting the fire truck, which was at a call nearby. Cruise’s statement noted that the car had a green light when it entered the intersection, and the truck struck it on the way to the emergency call. The Cruise passenger was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-severe injuries, and the company said it was investigating the crash.
While dramatic and likely very frightening for the people helplessly riding in the Cruise taxis, misbehaving robotaxis have become a part of life for San Franciscans. Cars have been known to stop in the middle of major city roads, and there have been several other reports of crashes, including a recent collision with a turning semi-truck. The city recently approved an expansion of autonomous taxi testing for Cruise and Google’s Waymo, so the situation will likely get a bit more stressful for residents before it gets better.
[Image: Screenshot of ABC News 7 Video]
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