CA DMV requests fewer self-driving cars on the road

CA DMV requests fewer self-driving cars on the road

Self-Driving Car Crash Raises Concerns

Self-Driving Car Crash

In a surprising turn of events, a self-driving car collided with a fire truck in San Francisco on Thursday night. The incident has prompted the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to call for a decrease in the number of self-driving cars on the road. This comes as a blow to the tech company behind the self-driving car, Cruise, a subsidiary of GM. The tweet regarding this incident has since been deleted, but the repercussions are far from over.

According to a statement emailed to ENBLE from Cruise, the self-driving car, with one person inside, entered the intersection on a green light and was struck by an emergency vehicle en route to an emergency scene. Fortunately, the person in the self-driving car only suffered non-severe injuries and was treated on the scene before being transported via ambulance. Cruise expressed their primary concern for the well-being of the rider and first responders involved in the crash. They are also committed to investigating the incident to better understand the performance of their autonomous vehicles (AVs) and will be in touch with the City of San Francisco about the event.

Worried about the recent concerning incidents involving self-driving cars, including the crash with the fire truck, the California DMV has requested that Cruise reduce its robotaxi fleet by 50 percent. This reduction in fleet size would facilitate the investigation into improving road safety and prevent further incidents from occurring. Cruise has agreed to the reduction and will now limit its driverless vehicles to 50 during the day and 150 at night.

A representative from the California DMV emphasized that their top priority is the safety of the traveling public. The DMV’s regulations focus on ensuring the safe operation of autonomous vehicles and protecting the public sharing the road with them. If the ongoing investigation into Cruise’s self-driving cars deems them an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV may suspect or fully revoke their deployment permits.

In response to the DMV’s decision, a Cruise spokesperson underlined the unfortunate reality of road fatalities, asserting that over 100 people die daily on American roadways. The spokesperson expressed Cruise’s belief that their technology positively impacts overall road safety. Cruise is committed to working closely with the CA DMV, providing necessary data and making improvements to reinforce the safety and efficiency of their self-driving fleet.

Cruise has also taken the issue seriously by acknowledging the need to work in collaboration with regulators and city departments to minimize the likelihood of similar incidents occurring in the future. This stance highlights Cruise’s commitment to learning from this incident and ensuring the continued safety of their self-driving cars.

While this collision between a self-driving car and a fire truck has raised concerns and triggered a reduction in the number of self-driving cars on the road, it is important to remember that technology is constantly evolving. The incident serves as a reminder that every new technology undergoes challenges and setbacks, but it is through continuous improvement and collaboration between regulators and tech companies that we can pave the way for a safer future on our roads.