Cruise’s license to deploy and test fully-driverless vehicles in the state of California has been suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The decision was based on public safety concerns.
This decision does not impact the company’s permit for testing with a safety driver.
Cruise has issued a statement following a hit-and-run incident in which a human driver collided with a pedestrian crossing the street in San Francisco.
Cruise states: ‘Ultimately, safety is at the core of everything we do at Cruise – we want to drastically reduce the number of people injured and killed each year on our roadways. It’s with that mindset that we analyze incidents so we can identify opportunities to further enhance safety’.
It adds: ‘We aim to continuously learn and improve AV behavior, and in developing new simulation tests and rare scenarios, we can assess multiple variations of this type of incident and increase the robustness of the AV’s response’.
Cruise has received $10 billion from companies and investors, including GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart,