A few days ago, police responded to a shooting at a San Francisco intersection that involved at least nine people. During the initial emergency response, a Cruise AV unit was allegedly blocking first responders from accessing the crime scene. Now, according to Cruise, the self-driving robotaxi was not in the way.
According to a report from The San Francisco Standard, a police officer was captured shouting at the Cruise AV unit because it was blocking emergency medical and fire access. Notably, the robotaxi was roughly one block away from the crime scene at the time of video.
“All of a sudden, there were cops, fire engines, and ambulances heading down Folsom toward 24th,” one bystander was quoted as saying. “The Cruise car just stopped on Folsom. An officer got out of his car and started pounding on the window, yelling at the car to get off the street and get out of the way.”
In response to the outcry this incident created, General Motors’ Cruise self-driving subsidiary claimed that emergency vehicles were never blocked from the crime scene, and the robotaxi removed itself from harm’s way.
“Our car initially stopped as it was approaching an active emergency scene, then proceeded to perform a U-turn and pull over,” a Cruise spokesperson was quoted as saying. “Throughout this time, all vehicles, including emergency response vehicles, were able to proceed around our car.”
Fellow Mission friends. Please stay away from 24th/Folsom. Gunshots fired; reckless Cruise cars. pic.twitter.com/fICRtS6e05
— Paul Valdez 🚲🏳️🌈 (@paulvaldezsf) June 10, 2023
In regard to the shooting incident itself, there were nine individuals who sustained injuries. According to officials, several victims suffered life-threatening wounds. That being said, everyone is expected to make a full recovery.