California regulators recently banned all GM Cruise Robotaxis to remove its driverless cars from state roads. Hence, the company stated late Thursday that it will suspend all its driverless car operations throughout the nation.
On Tuesday, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of California concluded that GM Cruise’s driverless vehicles pose a risk to the public on the road. The regulators were also of the opinion that the company actually ‘misrepresented’ the safety of the technology.
Hence, Cruise decided to suspend all its driverless cabs (also called robotaxis) throughout the nation. The company stated,
“The most important thing for us right now is to take steps to rebuild public trust… In that spirit, we have decided to proactively pause driverless operations across all of our fleets while we take time to examine our processes, systems, and tools.”
Apart from California, GM Cruise has driverless cars in cities like Phoenix, Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Miami.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did a probe into the matter. They said,
“Inappropriately hard braking results in the Cruise vehicles becoming unexpected roadway obstacles and may result in a collision with a Cruise vehicle.”
Cruise also stated that the company is cooperating with this ongoing investigation.
The suspension came after a series of accidents involving GM Cruise vehicles. This led to a major setback in General Motors’s self-driving car business, which the company considers a major growth opportunity. The company’s driverless car unit, Cruise, said that the decision to suspend all driverless cars throughout the nation is not directly related to any new on-road incidents. The company will continue all its supervised autonomous vehicle operations.
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