GM’s autonomous vehicle division, Cruise, is currently testing its fully driverless tech on the streets of San Francisco, and, per a recent post to social media, there seem to be a few bugs left to sort through, as a group of Cruise vehicles apparently ended up blocking traffic.
In a recent post, Twitter user @TaylorOgan published a series of photos that show several Cruise Chevy Bolt EVs stopped at the corner of Gough Street and Fulton Street. According to the post, human operators were required to come out and “rescue” the vehicles. Exactly what technical glitch occurred is unknown.
Some @Cruise robotaxis appeared to be stuck in SF last night at the corner of Gough St. and Fulton St.
Human ops apparently had to rescue them. Still some kinks to iron out. pic.twitter.com/eXDocjVfHU
— Taylor Ogan (@TaylorOgan) June 30, 2022
This isn’t the first time the fully autonomous Cruise test vehicles have blocked traffic. Several months ago, Twitter user @sgatz posted photos of a similar situation where at least three Cruise Chevy Bolt EVs reportedly blocked two lanes on Masonic Avenue. Then, earlier in April, San Francisco police cited a GM cruise-operated self-driving vehicle for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Although onboard data shows that the self-driving vehicle never posed a danger to the pedestrian and maintained a distance of nearly 11 feet, the onboard safety driver was still responsible for the ticket.
A very San Francisco Saturday night. A pack of 3 driverless @Cruise cars got confused and stopped and blocked two lanes of Masonic. The robots will win just by blocking traffic. pic.twitter.com/63Xi8RG21I
— Scott Gatz (@sgatz) May 22, 2022
Late last month, Cruise began charging customers for rides in its Chevy Bolt EV test vehicles operating in San Francisco. Although the company had previously received a permit allowing it to offer complimentary rides, the company was required to obtain further permits to begin charging money for rides. For now, vehicles are geofenced to the northwest section of San Francisco, and are only allowed to operate between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. However, many test vehicles are now running without a human pilot onboard.
Cruise plans on expanding its operations to eventually include the entirety of the California city. The test vehicles are necessary as Cruise works to develop its autonomous vehicle systems, with plans to launch the Cruise Origin fully autonomous robotaxi sometime in the future.