GM-owned Cruise Board hires legal and technology firms to review incident response

GM-owned Cruise Board hires legal and technology firms to review incident response

The board of directors of General Motors (GM) Cruze has appointed a law firm and third-party technology consultants to review its response to an accident with a pedestrian in California last month.

After a pedestrian hit by another vehicle last month was struck by a Cruze robotaxi, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has halted the GM-owned company’s self-driving operations. Now, Cruz’s board of directors is working with law firm Quinn Emanuel to investigate the management team’s response to the incident, along with consulting firm Exponent, which will review the company’s technology (via Reuters).

GM on Friday issued a statement saying: “We fully support the actions Cruise leadership is taking to ensure they are putting safety first and building trust and credibility with government partners, regulators and the broader community.” Our commitment to Cruise’s marketing goal remains unwavering.

In late October, the California DMV said Cruz “misrepresented” and “omitted” important information about the Oct. 2 accident with a pedestrian in his blog post detailing the incident. The post explains the lead-up to the accident, along with the fact that Cruise’s vehicle ended up “pulling the person forward about 20 feet.”

In a follow-up letter to Cruz, California DMV Deputy Director Bernard Soriano wrote:

“The subsequent maneuvering of the vehicle indicates that cruise vehicles may lack the ability to respond in a safe and appropriate manner during incidents involving pedestrians… Cruise’s omission hinders the Department’s ability to effectively and timely evaluate the safe operation of cruise vehicles and places the safety of the public at risk.” ”

Cruise also said last week that it would pause all of its autonomous driving operations, adding that it would do so “while we take time to examine our processes, systems and tools.”

Cruz faces investigations from federal and state regulatory agencies following a series of accidents involving company vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an investigation into Cruise last month, and the federal agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) uncovered two pedestrian injury reports related to the company’s robotaxis.

In August, the California Department of Motor Vehicles also asked Cruise to cut its fleet of autonomous vehicles in half in San Francisco after several incidents. It was expected that this step would be temporary until the investigation was completed.

GM CEO Mary Barra, a member of Cruise’s board, said the automaker plans to share more details about its plans with Cruise this year, telling analysts: “Rest assured, we have financing plans that will support Cruise’s expansion.” .

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