Cruise settles with pedestrian injured in robotaxi incident

General Motors Co.’s autonomous-car unit reached an $8 million to $12 million settlement with a pedestrian who was dragged by one of its vehicles in San Francisco, according to Claims Journal.

The settlement was struck earlier this year and the injured pedestrian is now reported to be out of hospital.

In the October incident, the pedestrian crossing the road was struck by another vehicle before landing in front of one of GM’s Cruise vehicle. The robotaxi braked hard but ran over the female pedestrian. It then pulled over for safety, driving 20 feet at a speed of up to seven miles per hour with the pedestrian still under the car.

Cruise grounded its entire US fleet after California suspended its license in the wake of the incident. Former Chief Executive Officer Kyle Vogt resigned, nine executives were fired and about a quarter of the workforce was let go. Last month, Cruise said it was preparing to resume testing of its robotaxis with safety drivers in Phoenix, an important step in its attempt to restart services.


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