The picture of a female trapped beneath a self-driving taxi in San Francisco on Monday is sparking concerns about the security of driverless cars.
The woman was rushed to the hospital in serious condition after firefighters successfully rescued her from under the unmanned Cruise AV, which had hit her soon after she was.
struck by a separate sedan in a hit-and-run incident.
CBS News shared a video of the Cruise vehicle capturing the woman crossing the street while the traffic light was red. The sedan collided with her, causing her to be thrown into the trajectory of the autonomous car.
The post on social media said that the first impact was strong and caused the pedestrian to be thrown in front of the AV. The AV then suddenly stopped to reduce the force of the impact. The driver of the other car ran away, and the AV was asked by the police to remain at the scene.
The San Francisco police are currently conducting an investigation into the crash.
The primary inquiry of this investigation is whether a human driver would have been able to spot the individual on the road faster than the autonomous system could, according to Robert Sumwalt, transportation safety analyst for CBS News and former head of the National Transportation Safety Board.
A representative for Cruise informed CBS News that the Cruise AV identified the woman both before and after coming into contact with the nearby vehicle.
According to Cruise, their vehicles are responsible for 65% fewer accidents compared to rideshares operated by human drivers.
According to Cruise, the majority of incidents reported to regulators involved their vehicles being legally stopped, rear-ended, or having the right of way.
In August, however, the organization…
The Bay Area fleet was reduced by 50%.
Following two incidents occurring on the same day.
The self-driving taxis have also sparked public outrage, as some locals have been disabling them by putting traffic cones on their hoods.
During his trip to San Francisco, Mitchell Kelder expressed to CBS News his concern about the idea of one’s destiny being controlled by another person or technology.
Austin also experienced problems with self-driving taxis, similar to those faced by San Francisco. In the previous month, multiple Cruise AVs caused traffic congestion in a particular location, leading to widespread confusion.
Cruise currently has approximately 400 autonomous vehicles in operation throughout the nation. The company has a clean record with no reported fatal accidents and is working closely with San Francisco officials to assist in locating the driver responsible for the hit-and-run incident.
Kris Van Cleave