The recall, which was initiated by the corporate, will take the type of an over-the-air software program replace to the collision detection subsystem so the automobile stays stationary throughout sure crash incidents, moderately than pulling over to the aspect of the highway.
On October 2nd, a pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Francisco, throwing her within the path of a close-by Cruise automobile. The driverless automotive then tried to tug over to the aspect of the highway, dragging the pedestrian 20 ft and severely injuring her.
Within the recall discover, Cruise acknowledges that in sure conditions the pullover try “isn’t the specified post-collision response.” Cruise’s automated driving system “inaccurately characterised the collision as a lateral collision and commanded the AV to try to tug over out of site visitors, pulling the person ahead, moderately than remaining stationary.”
“With the brand new replace, the Cruise AV would have remained stationary through the October 2 incident,” the corporate provides.
Cruise mentioned its analysis of the crash response, which took three weeks, decided that “a collision with a danger of significant damage may recur with the Collision Detection Subsystem each 10 million – 100 million miles of driving on common.”
In response to the crash, the California Division of Motor Automobiles suspended Cruise’s license to function its autos within the state. The division additionally accused the corporate of withholding parts of the video of the incident that confirmed its automobile dragging the pedestrian to the curb. Cruise denies the allegation, claiming it confirmed the company the entire video.
Cruise grounded its fleet nationwide (the corporate additionally has driverless automobiles in Arizona, Florida, and Texas) because it reevaluates its security protocols. The corporate additionally paused manufacturing of its absolutely driverless Cruise Origin shuttles which might be constructed to function with out conventional controls like steering wheels and pedals.
Final yr, Cruise issued a recall on its automated driving system after a crash resulted in minor accidents. The corporate’s board employed an out of doors legislation agency and know-how consultants to evaluate its response to the incident. Cruise is also under investigation by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration for different incidents.