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Technical error in self-driving cars: Cruise robotic taxis block the road in San Francisco


A puzzling gathering: Self-driving Cruise taxis have "gathered" on a street in San Francisco. The operator's staff had to drive the cars away or guide them away by radio.

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A self-driving car from the General Motors subsidiary Cruise on the road

Photo: Andrei Sokolov / dpa

As if they had human feelings and all wanted to meet up: In San Francisco, several self-driving robotic taxis gathered in one place, blocking a street for hours.

A spokesman for the operating company Cruise told the technology blog »TechCrunch«. 

The company, which belongs to the US car giant General Motors, is allowed to transport passengers with its robotic taxis at night without a human being at the wheel in some boroughs of San Francisco.

Therefore, the incident also occurred at night – as early as Tuesday, as a user of the Reddit platform reported.

The photos he published show more than half a dozen vehicles parked on the multi-lane road.

Passengers were not affected, Cruise emphasized.

The outage was fixed after “a few hours”, wrote “TechCrunch”.

Some cruise employees came by and had to drive the cars away, others were guided away by radio.

It is the second time within a few months that an incident has revealed the problems of the vehicles.

In April, a video of a cruise car driving away from police officers who wanted to inspect it caused a sensation.

According to Cruise, the vehicle just wanted to park in a more convenient spot past an intersection.

Along with Google sister company Waymo, Cruise is a pioneer in robotaxi services without a human behind the wheel.


Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2022-07-01

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