Robot taxis in the USA only take two breaks, it has nothing to do with endangering pedestrians


A big step back, a huge waste of potential and a huge waste of time. These are roughly the words used by General Motors to describe the decision by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to suspend the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state of California. The golden city of San Francisco will have to do without the robotic company Cruise. And not only that, the acronym also goes on the streets of Houston, Austin, Dallas, Phoenix or Miami.

You ask, what does an American car company with an average turnover of 158 billion dollars have to do with a company with 75 times the turnover operating robotic taxis? Cruise is a subsidiary of General Motors. And even if the entity does not appear to be strong on the outside, it is the insurance for future growth for the second largest American car company.

Well, she was. Therefore, in communication with the public, the car company was lying, and the problem of the Cruise company is presented quite differently, not heard from the DMV.

Due to Californian regulations, we are suspending the operation of autonomous vehicles in the country for the rest of the day, General Motors announced on Thursday, January 24th. You are a few days late the managers of the Cruise subsidiary also wrote: The most important thing for us now is to take steps to restore the doors to the public, which is why we have proactively decided to suspend the operation of all our fleet of self-driving cars.

(1/3) The most important thing for us right now is to take steps to rebuild public trust. Part of this involves taking a hard look inwards and at how we do work at Cruise, even if it means doing things that are uncomfortable or difficult.

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So not only in California, but right across the entire United States of America.

They added that this is definitely not related to recent incidents on the roads, and that the operation of autonomous cars will certainly continue soon.

Therefore, General Motors leaves no one in doubt with its statement that a critical decision was taken by ad and they simply must respect it. And the guys from Cruise, who put so much of their heart into the robotic taxi project, want to take a break now to research the process, system and tool so they can concentrate on improving safety.

Public safety at risk

It’s just that every coin has two sides and the legal ban on the operation of autonomous vehicles manufactured by General Motors and operated by the Cruise company due to bad regulations and calls is quite different.

According to the DMV, these vehicles pose a risk to the public.

Cruise significantly underestimated the danger of autonomous technology, did not take sufficient preventive measures and strongly distorted what should be a guarantee of safety. The DMV literally called Cruise a good example of good practice. State that: Cruise vehicles lack the ability to respond safely and appropriately during an incident with a pedestrian. Cars without an ID here are not safe for public traffic and pose a serious risk to public safety.

To gar, to neurito. Manaei Cruise attributes this to his own proactive measure, not the result of business failure.

General Motors and the Cruise company were therefore not driven to the destruction of autonomous robots by bad regulations and unfortunate circumstances, but by the detailed results of safety tests.

Cruise was forced to do this in August this year, after a series of traffic incidents in San Francisco. After them, the number of cars that kept in traffic had to be cut in half, no more than 150 of them were allowed to operate in the streets of the city at night, during the day the limit was set to only 50.

Driving in the course of a mining operation in California led to another five accidents, in which there was a sudden braking resulting in a collision, property damage and several people were injured. A sad incident was the accident on January 2nd, when a taxi driver saw another car of a pissed-off pedestrian and poured it into him.

Thirty-two women at General Motors said that their Cruise is going to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for lack of it. The situation just got more complicated.

The research of the Cruise company did not lead to animals that would be exactly flattering to robotaxies.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which after a series of incidents on the roads, has been operating the safety of Cruise’s autonomous cars since last December, has written its findings to the California DMV.

NHTSA had two incidents in which robot taxis braked sharply in full traffic in front of non-existent traffic lights. And while she delivered critical remarks to the Cruise company a month ago, she did not take a single step to rectify the situation. From a purely national road safety incident, it became a federal incident.

The days after the DMV banned the operation of autonomous vehicles in California, the NHTSA issued a stop sign for their operation on all roads throughout the United States of America. Since driving an autonomous vehicle increases the risks of heart attacks, they could lead to injury or death.

Large rna. Mainly for General Motors

Cruise outwardly presented this by proactively suspending operations to attend to building doors and security. And General Motors claims that such limited autonomous mobility is actually a step back into the past for everyone.

Since August of this year, the Cruise robot taxis have been under maintenance and have limited operations. Even so, they managed to remember three traffic incidents.

It’s a big move for the auto industry, for the entire autonomous vehicle industry, and a big step toward future growth, commented Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Not to either. According to economic forecasts, those at General Motors expected that the project of their subsidiary company Cruise will be worth 50 billion dollars a year in 2030.

Instead, this quarter ends with a loss of a quarter of a billion, the destruction of traffic on all public roads in the whole of California and the destruction of driving on the highways in the whole of the States. And also with a significant armed rebellion.

General Motors and Cruise don’t get too excited about it, they don’t accept to honor the pork and they don’t drink the mistakes. The second largest American car manufacturer and the company operating a robotaxi still agree that their autonomous cars achieve better results in traffic safety than classic cars driven by human ideas.

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