General Motors’ driverless subsidiary Cruise has offered to pay $75,000 (£59,000) to settle a dispute with the state over whether it misled regulators about the aftermath of crash involving one of its driverless cars.
The San Francisco Standard reports that a document filed last Friday (5 January) seeking to defer an order on issues raised by the California Public Utilities Commission. The report explains that the state agency has accused the company of covering up key details after a Cruise vehicle struck and dragged a woman nearly 20 feet after she was first hit by a human-driven car in Downtown San Francisco in October.
Since then, as well as having its permit to operate suspended, the firm has cut nearly a quarter of its workforce, removed all its vehicles off American roads, seen its CEO and co-founder resign, other executives leave and GM hint at a reduction in its investment.
The report states that the company could be fined up to $1.5 million from the state alone.
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