As GM Authority has previously reported, Cruise – General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary – had a robotaxi unit involved in a crash with a San Francisco fire truck. Now, in response to this event, Cruise has agreed to reduce its fleet operations by 50 percent.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) asked for the reduction after a Cruise AV collided with an emergency vehicle a few days ago. Moving forward, Cruise has claimed that it will work with regulators and city departments to reduce the risk of future crashes.
It’s worth noting that Cruise is also under investigation by the California DMV.
“The DMV is investigating recent concerning incidents involving Cruise vehicles in San Francisco,” the DMV stated. “Cruise has agreed to a 50 percent reduction and will have no more than 50 driverless vehicles in operation during the day and 150 driverless vehicles in operation at night.”
Notably, Cruise will maintain the 50 percent reduction until the investigation concludes.
Of course, this recent development comes not long after Cruise was given the go-ahead to expand its operations across The Golden State to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Previously, Cruise robotaxis were only allowed to operate in designated neighborhoods at specific hours, with some providers allowed to offer only free rides.
It’s also worth noting that San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson previously claimed that Cruise was expanding its operation too quickly.
“They’re not ready for prime time,” San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson previously stated. “I’m not against the technology. I understand it’s important and it’s the way the industry is going. But we need to fix what’s not working right now, before they are unleashed on the rest of the city. We have 160,000 calls a year. We don’t have the time to personally take care of a car that’s in the way when we’re on the way to an emergency.”