by David Shepherdson
washingtonDec. 16 – US auto safety regulators said Friday that they have begun a formal investigation into the safety of the Cruise’s self-driving system. LLCThe “robotaxis” unit of General Motors.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSAfor its acronym in English) said it had received reports of incidents in which self-driving cruise vehicles “may make inappropriate hard stops or come to a standstill.”
The agency said that while the two issues “seem to be separate, each results in cruise vehicles becoming unpredictable obstructions on the road.” The safety agency’s initial evaluation includes 242 cruise autonomous vehicles and is the first step before you can apply for a recall.
The investigation follows reports of three accidents in which cruise vehicles were rear-ended by other cars after the self-driving cars braked sharply.
Cruze offers limited service in San Francisco with a small fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
Cruise indicated that “they have traveled nearly 700,000 miles (about 1.1 billion kilometers) completely autonomously in extremely complex urban environments without injury or death.”
He added that “there is always a balance between healthy regulatory scrutiny and the innovation we so desperately need to save lives, so we will continue to cooperate fully.” NHTSA or with any regulator to achieve that shared goal.
NHTSA It said it plans to fully assess the potential safety issues posed by these two types of incidents and to assess the “similarity and safety rationale of hard braking incidents” and the “safety consequences associated with frequency, duration and vehicle immobilization incidents”. Will review.”