Cruise – General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary – has been under fire since early October 2023, when a pedestrian was unintentionally trapped and dragged underneath a Cruise AV unit after being struck by a human-driven vehicle. Following this incident, the autonomous driving company has been subject to various investigations, and now, has offered California regulators a lump sum of money to resolve their inquiry.
According to a report from Reuters, Cruise offered $75,000 to California regulators for its California Public Utilities Commission-ordered hearing to be deferred. More specifically, the self-driving company is seeking an alternative mode of dispute resolution.
It’s worth noting that Cruise also offered to boost its reporting of collisions to the California Public Utilities Commission as part of its settlement offer.
In a statement last Friday, Cruise went on to explain that the investigation was expected to be completed, with findings, before February 6th, 2024. For reference, the California Commission ordered the hearing back in December 2023, citing the robotaxi company for misleading the commission by not providing all the details surrounding the extent and seriousness of the accident, as well as for expressing misleading comments on interactions between the two entities.
A Cruise spokesperson stated that the self-driving company “is committed to undertaking significant process improvements with respect to its interactions with regulators” and “committed to increased transparency, cooperation, and rebuilding regulatory trust with the commission.”
As a reminder, Cruise has already taken a number of steps to address the October 2023 incident following a substantial amount of public backlash. For starters, all Cruise AV rides – including manual and supervised – have been temporarily suspended until further notice as the company expands investigations into its analysis of the incident, while a recall was released to update the collision detection system in its robotaxi units.