Uber may have had a bad week with the news one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a very serious collision, but General Motors and Cruise Automation still hold a squeaky clean record for their technology.
However, a GM Cruise autonomous Bolt EV was involved in a traffic accident in San Francisco, according to the California DMV’s records. Per the agency’s report, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was in autonomous mode when it slowed at an intersection controlled by a flashing yellow, allowing pedestrians the right of way. The Bolt EV paused appropriately as a Toyota Highlander stopped behind the Bolt.
As the autonomous Bolt EV was pulling away, a third vehicle, a Subaru, failed to stop and ultimately rear-ended the Highlander which pushed it into the Bolt EV. The airbags did deploy in the Toyota, though.
The DMV report goes on to state no occupants reported injuries at the scene of the collision.
So far, we’ve been pretty awe-struck by how well Cruise’s Bolt EV prototypes handle busy San Francisco streets from the video footage the company has provided. However, drivers like the one in the Subaru sure are making the case for autonomous cars…