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GM halting driverless car service nationwide after California ban

today 10/29/2023
General Motors has announced that it is temporarily stopping its driverless car service, which offers autonomous rides in multiple cities. This decision comes after California revoked GM's permits to test and operate fully driverless vehicles due to the company's failure to provide video and information about a crash involving a pedestrian and a Cruise vehicle. Cruise, GM's self-driving vehicle technology subsidiary, stated that they are pausing driverless operations to reevaluate their processes and regain public trust. While operations in San Francisco were already suspended by authorities, Cruise was also providing driverless rides in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, and Miami. However, Cruise will continue with supervised autonomous vehicle rides that have a human driver ready to take control if necessary. Offering fully driverless ride-hailing services is crucial to GM's plan of transforming its business model and generating more revenue from rides rather than vehicle sales. Despite GM's claim that driverless cars are safer than human-driven cars, there have been several operational issues and accidents involving Cruise vehicles, including a recent incident where a pedestrian was critically injured after being hit by a human-driven car and then dragged by a driverless car. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the safety of GM's driverless vehicles around pedestrians. Additionally, there have been reports of driverless Cruise taxis causing traffic jams in San Francisco by coming to a halt and blocking intersections.
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