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General Motors recalls some autonomous vehicles

General Motors recalls some autonomous vehicles after a pedestrian was dragged.

All 950 of General Motors’ Cruise driverless vehicle units are being recalled to update software after the vehicle pulled a pedestrian to the side of a street in San Francisco at the beginning of October.

The firm stated that with the new software, Cruise cars will now remain motionless in similar scenarios in documents released by US safety authorities on Wednesday.

Following the Oct. 2 collision, California officials determined that Cruise’s cars constituted a risk to public safety, forcing the company to halt autonomous operations nationally. The California Department of Motor Vehicles cancelled Cruise’s licence to operate a passenger-only transportation service across San Francisco.

A pedestrian was struck by a human-driven car in the collision, which caused the pedestrian to cross in front of an autonomous Cruise car. The passenger was dragged ahead by the Cruise for approximately 20 feet (six metres) after it stopped and then moved to the right to avoid oncoming traffic.

According to papers, Cruise has upgraded the software in test cars under the supervision of human safety drivers. According to the firm, the autonomous fleet will receive the updated software prior to starting up again.

In addition, Cruise has tested a robotaxi service in Austin, Texas, and other locations, including Los Angeles and Phoenix.

The Department of Motor Vehicles accused Cruise of falsifying safety information concerning the autonomous technology in its vehicles, while the government did not provide specific grounds for the suspension of Cruise’s licence. The revocation came after a string of events that raised questions over the risks and annoyances associated with Cruise’s robotaxis.

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