Self-driving cars are not above the law, and a GM Cruise-operated self-driving car received a ticket in San Francisco on March 20. The incident happened one day after an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.
The police officer observed the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV come close to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, and the officer initiated a traffic stop on the grounds that the self-driving car failed to yield to the pedestrian. Cruise Automation told CBS news affiliate KPIX that the self-driving car never posed danger to the pedestrian and data showed the car kept a safe distance at 10.8-feet away.
Yet, the citation stands, and Cruise told the news affiliate that the human safety driver inside the self-driving Bolt EV is responsible for the ticket. The San Francisco police department did not comment on the matter any further.
It’s the second mishap involving a Cruise self-driving car in San Francisco after an autonomous vehicle collided with a motorcyclist in the city. Police found the motorcyclist at fault for the crash, but the man is now suing General Motors over the incident.