The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the crash involving a Cruise AV and a Toyota Prius that occurred in San Francisco in early June, Reuters reports.
The agency said Thursday it would open a special investigation into the accident, which resulted in minor injuries for occupants of both the Cruise AV and the Toyota Prius that was being driven by a civilian. GM did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters for its report and also did not provide a comment to the media earlier this week when details of the crash first came to light.
Cruise received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in June, allowing it to begin charging passengers for rides in its driverless Chevy Bolt EV robotaxis. The crash occurred just one day after it received the waiver from the DMV.
A report filed by GM with the California DMV provided some details on the crash. According to the document, the crash happened as the Cruise AV entered the left-hand turn lane as it attempted to turn through an intersection. At the same time, the Prius driver had entered the oncoming right-hand turn lane, but then decided to proceed straight through the intersection. The Cruise AV, which had initially come to a stop in the intersection, then attempted to complete the left-hand turn, causing the Prius to crash into the AV’s right rear.
The DMV report also indicated that “occupants of both vehicles received medical treatment for allegedly minor injuries,” following the crash and a police report was filed. The Cruise AV was later towed from the scene.
Cruise also made headlines this year when one of its driverless vehicles was pulled over by the San Francisco PD and drove away from the scene, accelerating through an intersection before coming to a sudden stop further down the road. In another similar incident, a Cruise AV partially blocked the path of a San Francisco Fire Department vehicle that was headed to an emergency after it double-parked on a busy roadway to let a passenger out.