GM’s robototaxi unit Cruise has announced it will recall all its 950 cars so it can update software following an incident involving a Cruise AV in October this year.
In documents filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Cruise said its AV post-collision response could “increase risk of injury”, referring to the Collision Detection Subsystem.
This may cause an AV to attempt to pull over out of traffic following a collision, instead of remaining stationary.
In October, a pedestrian in San Francisco was struck by a hit-and-run driver and was subsequently thrown into the path of a Cruise AV, which then dragged the person.
Following the incident, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ordered an “immediate suspension” of Cruise’s driverless cars.
Cruise suspended nationwide operations and also temporarily stopped the production of its fully autonomous Cruise Origin.
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In a statement on its website, Cruise said it had announced a Chief Safety Officer (CSO) role, and said: “As our software improves, it is likely we will file additional recalls to inform both NHTSA and the public of updates to enhance safety across our fleet.”