Following the go-ahead for Cruise – General Motors’ self-driving robotaxi service – to expand operation of its self-driving service, it’s increasingly likely that there will continue to be mishaps as the autonomous-subsidiary continues to work out the kinks in its technology. Now, a Cruise AV was captured getting stuck in wet concrete.
In several videos posted online to social media, we see a Cruise AV – this one nicknamed ‘Oasis’ – that managed to get itself stuck in a sticky situation. For some apparent reason, the robotaxi drove into a section of road that had freshly poured concrete.
It’s worth noting that it’s unclear as to how this happened, as either the road workers failed to install proper signage or the Cruise AV simply ignored any such signage.
“I can see five different scenarios where bad things happen and this is one of them,” one bystander to the incident claimed. “It thinks it’s a road and it ain’t because it ain’t got a brain and it can’t tell that it’s freshly poured concrete. When a light turns green at a traffic light, I just don’t jump on the accelerator. I look left and right for some idiot who’s gonna run the light. It does happen.”
Notably, SFGate was able to confirm that Cruise pulled the robotaxi out of the concrete, and are currently investigating this incident.
This is a new one. A Cruise vehicle got stuck in wet concrete on Golden Gate Avenue yesterday. pic.twitter.com/YJqLe6FIqR
— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) August 16, 2023
For reference, this mishap comes as San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson recently claimed that Cruise AV units have the ability to interfere with emergency vehicles, and that her city isn’t ready for a mass rollout of self-driving robotaxi service. To her point, there have been at least two incidents where Cruise AV examples were filmed blocking fire trucks and causing havoc.