Cruise admits reaction to pedestrian collision woefully short of our own expectations

General Motors’ driverless car subsidiary Cruise has published the findings of an independent report into a collision between one of its driverless vehicles and a pedestrian in San Francisco last October.

The collision involved a driverless car hitting and dragging a woman nearly 20 feet after she was first struck by a human-operated vehicle.

The independent report by Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan regards the crash and Cruise’s subsequent interactions with regulators and the media.

“We acknowledge that we have failed to live up to the justifiable expectations of regulators and the communities we serve,” Cruise says in a statement on its website. “In doing so, we also fell woefully short of our own expectations. We are profoundly remorseful both for the injuries to the pedestrian, as well as for breaching the trust of our regulators, the media, and the public.”

The report found the company did not give all details to regulators after the crash and did not update the press as it found out more.

“Cruise takes these findings seriously and is committed to increased transparency, enhanced safety, and collaborative engagement with our stakeholders,” the statement continues. “We have made significant process improvements and operational and technical changes, and this work is ongoing.”

The aftermath of the crash saw leading executives leave the business.

Read the full blog post here.

(Picture – Cruise)


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