A fully autonomous Cruise Chevy Bolt EV was involved in a collision with a semi truck earlier this week on the streets of San Francisco. No injuries were reported, and damage was relatively minor. The accident arrives on the heels of the expansion of Cruise’s operations to seven major cities in the U.S.
The collision was captured in a recent social post, which shows Cruise Chevy Bolt EV wedged underneath the box trailer of a semi. The semi is seen blocking multiple lanes, and in a video, backs up away from the autonomous vehicle. The Chevy Bolt EV’s hazard lights are activated.
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Follow-up photos from the scene reveal that the Cruise vehicle’s sideview mirror was broken in the accident.
In response to the social media post, Cruise stated that the AV had stopped while the semi driver attempted a wide turn, which resulted in the collision.
Cruise AVs have been involved in several high-publicity incidents in the past, providing fodder for critics who argue the technology is not ready for public roads. A few examples includes reports that Cruise AVs have blocked emergency vehicles, blocked traffic, and have been involved in other collisions.
Cruise recently expanded its operations beyond its home city of San Francisco to include seven major U.S. cities total, including Miami, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Nashville. The technology company is currently operating 400 driverless vehicles, and recently celebrated 3 million driverless miles across its fleet.
Back in February of 2022, Cruise filed a petition with the NHTSA for the go-ahead to deploy upwards of 2,500 Cruise Origin AVs annually. Unlike the Cruise Chevy Bolt EVs currently in service, Cruise Origin does not include any human-pilot controls or equipment, which means no steering wheel, no pedals, no mirrors, etc. The NHTSA will decide if vehicles designed to be driven by computers should be required to have human-piloted controls.