Self-driving cruise cars are set to reduce the robotaxi fleet

A self-driving car and a fire truck crashed in San Francisco Thursday night. Now the California Department of Motor Vehicles wants the tech company to reduce the number of self-driving cars on the road.

On Aug. 17, according to a statement from Cruise, a GM subsidiary, emailed to Mashable, a self-driving car carrying a person in the vehicle “entered the intersection at a green light and was struck by an emergency vehicle that appeared to be on the way.” was.” Route to an emergency location. The person in the self-driving car was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance “because we believe the injuries are not serious.”


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“Our primary concern is the driver and their well-being and we have tried to support them,” Cruise said in a statement. “We also have the well-being of first responders and everyone affected by this incident very close to our hearts. We are conducting investigations to better understand the performance of our AVs and will be in touch with the City of San Francisco regarding the event.”

California’s DMV has asked Cruise to reduce its robotaxi fleet (a real thing, I’m told) by 50 percent while the state agency investigates “recent worrying incidents,” including Thursday’s fire truck accident. In an email to Mashable, the agency said it is asking Cruise not to increase the fleet until “appropriate corrective action is taken to improve road safety.” Cruse agreed to the reduction and will “operate no more than 50 driverless vehicles during the day and 150 driverless vehicles at night,” according to the California DMV statement.

“The safety of the traveling public is the DMV of California’s top priority,” a DMV of California official said in the statement. “The primary focus of the DMV regulations is the safe operation of autonomous vehicles and the safety of the public who share the road with these vehicles.”

After the investigation, the California DMV may suspect Cruise’s operating permits or revoke them outright if the investigation proves the self-driving cars pose “an unreasonable risk to public safety.”

In his emailed explanation of the DMV’s decision to Mashable, a Cruise spokesperson pointed out that over 100 people die on American roads every day, which feels like a pretty tough start to the whole thing. “We believe that Cruise has a clear positive impact on overall road safety and look forward to working with the CA DMV to make improvements and provide all the data needed to strengthen the safety and efficiency of our fleet,” said the spokesperson.

“We will continue to work in partnership with regulators and municipalities on EMV interactions to reduce the likelihood of such incidents reoccurring.” Cruise said in a public blog post.

Chrissy Callahan

Chrissy Callahan is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chrissy Callahan joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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