Ever since a pedestrian was accidentally trapped and dragged underneath a Cruise AV robotaxi after they were struck by a human-driven vehicle, the autonomous driving subsidiary has been struck by one repercussion after the next, and has generally lost federal and public trust. Now, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union is demanding that Cruise publicly release its full details on the incident.
In a statement released online, the union claims that Cruise’s only path forward is to become extremely transparent on the self-driving company’s response to the aforementioned accident.
“Mary Barra, GM’s Chief Executive Officer, is telling the public that Cruise wants to rebuild trust and focus on safety, transparency, and accountability,” the statement from the Teamsters union reads. “That means releasing the complete Quinn Emanuel report to the public once it’s finished and accepting penalties from regulators, neither of which the company has committed to doing right now.”
“Furthermore, in addition to releasing the findings of the report, the company must offer a detailed accounting of what Quinn Emanuel investigated,” the statement continues. “This should include the company’s complete safety data, how and why Cruise hid the crash video and other key details from regulators (as alleged by the DMV), and why the company initially blamed first responders in public statements. The internal review should also account for potential factors that cause safety incidents at Cruise, such as internal processes for protecting whistleblowers, where accountability begins and ends at Cruise, how often GM’s board is given safety reports from Cruise, and the economic incentives for executives that could have caused safety incidents to occur.”
As a reminder, the Teamsters union previously requested that the NHTSA not allow exemptions for the Cruise Origin to take effect. Notably, these exemptions are in regard to the robotaxi’s lack of pedals, steering wheel, and other manual controls.