As previously reported by GM Authority in January 2024, General Motors’ autonomous driving subsidiary Cruise offered California regulators $75,000 to resolve their investigations. Now, the robotaxi company has opted to increase this cash offer in an effort to dismiss the inquiry.
According to a report from Reuters, Cruise has now offered to pay $112,500 to settle the case. Notably, an administrative judge questioned why the autonomous driving subsidiary deserved the settlement in the first place, especially after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) accused Cruise of 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.
“I appreciate you are making some corrective actions but at the same time, I’m just sort of bothered when I look at the totality of facts,” Administrative Law Judge Robert Mason stated.
In a statement, Cruise Chief Administrative Officer Craig Glidden remarked, “It was regrettable. It was a mistake. And Cruise is attempting to make right with the mistake. We want to get the matter settled because we want to move forward.”
For reference, Cruise has taken a number of steps to address the October 2023 accident after receiving a substantial amount of public backlash. For starters, all Cruise AV rides – including manual and supervised – have been temporarily suspended until further notice, while a recall was released to update the collision detection system in its robotaxi units.
In other Cruise-related developments, General Motors recently revealed that the autonomous driving company’s budget was to be slashed by approximately $1 billion for the 2024 calendar year. Of course, Cruise operations will eventually restart in a single, yet unnamed city, thus meaning that its operating costs would be significantly lower anyways.