Although GM and Honda-backed Cruise has been testing its technology in San Francisco since February, it didn’t start offering paid robotaxi service until last week. The vehicles operate with certain limits, but they do not have a human safety driver. They only offer rides on ‘certain roads’ between 10 pm and 6 am when the weather is nice. They are only allowed to go at a speed of 30 mph.
At least 5 vehicles are seen stopped on the road in the photo of the driverless roadblock. According to the Redditor who posted the photo, the incident took place around midnight. Responding to TechCrunch, a representative for Cruise acknowledged the incident, but did not comment on why it happened or whether it would happen again in the future.
The spokesperson elaborated that “We encountered an issue earlier this week which resulted in clustering of several of our trucks. However, this has been rectified and no passengers were affected. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to anyone.” apologize for.”
This isn’t the first incident related to Cruise’s driverless technology. Earlier this year, a police officer tried to stop a cruise robotaxi because the vehicle’s headlights were not working at night. Cruise later claimed that the problem was attributed to human error.
Redditor SeanSinha, who shared the photo, said: “The first thing I tell my colleague is that they are planning to kill us. It was a strange incident. Had to send humans to remove the cars by hand. Road for so long Cruise should be fined for causing the obstruction. He also mentioned that the cruise crew did it in 20 minutes, but apparently failed to clear the cars in time. Recently, China’s Pony .ai also announced plans to launch a commercial driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco.It remains to be seen whether this event will impact its launch.