General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit Cruise has recalled and updated software in 80 self-driving robotaxis after a crash in San Francisco that resulted in minor injuries.
CNBC reports that the crash on 3 June involved a Cruise vehicle, which does not require a human driver, braking harshly while making an unprotected left turn (across traffic) as an oncoming vehicle travelling about 40 mph — 15 mph above the speed limit — switched from a right-turn lane to travel through the intersection.
It quotes public filings which show federal regulators said the recalled software may “incorrectly predict another vehicle’s path or be insufficiently reactive to the sudden path change of a road user.” Cruise said a software update in July was conducted to address the problem.
CNBC adds that following the crash, Cruise said its robotaxi fleet continued to operate but that it temporarily prevented the vehicles from making unprotected left turns. It said it gradually reintroduced unprotected left turns after the software update.
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