NHTSA investigating Cruise crash in California

WASHINGTON — The National Freeway Visitors Protection Administration has opened a unique investigation into a recent crash of a Cruise auto in California that resulted in minor accidents, the company stated on Thursday.

The car safety agency did not determine the particular crash, but a Cruise automobile functioning in driverless autonomous mode was associated in a crash involving minor injuries on June 3 in San Francisco, according to a report submitted with the California Section of Motor Cars. The state agency informed Reuters it “has experienced conversions with Cruise officers pertaining to the incident.”

Self-driving motor vehicle maker Cruise, which is majority-owned by Standard Motors, declined to comment.

NHTSA’s unique crash investigations are different from defect investigations used to figure out if motor vehicles ought to be recalled. The agency has not opened a defect probe into Cruise.

NHTSA has opened 45 exclusive crash investigations into crashes since 2016 involving suspected automated and innovative driver programs this is the initially involving a Cruise automobile.

In the report submitted on the June 3 crash, Cruise said its automobile entered a left-hand-change lane and signaled for a convert, and then initiated a left flip on the inexperienced mild.

At the same time, a 2016 Toyota Prius approached the intersection in the ideal-switch lane from the opposite direction touring about 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph pace zone.

The Cruise autonomous vehicle stopped ahead of finishing the turn because of to the oncoming Prius, which entered the intersection and built get in touch with with the rear passenger side of the Cruise, which was later on towed from the scene, the report claimed. Occupants of equally motor vehicles acquired health-related remedy for allegedly insignificant accidents, Cruise reported.

On June 23, Cruise claimed it experienced started out charging fares for driverless rides in San Francisco. Cruise previously in June turned the to start with firm to protected a allow to cost for self-driving rides there, soon after it overcame objections by local officials.

Self-driving exam autos with human security motorists have come to be a frequent sight in San Francisco, and entirely driverless types are progressively widespread, also. Turning them into a fledgling business in a main U.S. city marks a milestone in the long- delayed journey toward driverless taxi services.

(Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Franklin Paul and Leslie Adler)

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