A video just lately posted on-line exhibits what occurs when police attempt to apprehend an autonomous automobile – solely to seek out no person inside.
Police in San Francisco stopped a automobile operated by Cruise, an autonomous automotive firm backed by Normal Motors, in
a video posted on 1 April. Officers approached the automotive, which had been driving with out headlights, solely to seek out it was empty.
“Ain’t no person in it – that is loopy,” a bystander could be heard saying within the video. The automotive then speeds away to the opposite aspect of the intersection, leaving the police behind.
The video, which has since circulated extensively on social media, prompted inevitable jokes. “Welcome to the longer term,” quipped one Twitter consumer.
Cruise is working to deploy its autonomous driving know-how for ride-hailing functions, transporting riders across the metropolis with out a driver. It has been testing its automobiles with a backup driver within the entrance seat since 2015, but it surely began permitting customers to hail driverless vehicles in
San Francisco in November 2021.
The corporate stated in a tweet that the automobile had behaved as anticipated by shifting to a safer location on the opposite aspect of the intersection the place police have been capable of handle their issues.
“Our AV yielded to the police automobile, then pulled over to the closest protected location, as supposed. An officer contacted Cruise personnel and no quotation was issued,” Cruise
stated on its company Twitter account.
A Cruise spokeswoman, Tiffany Testo, informed the Guardian that the automobile “didn’t have its headlights on due to a human error, which was the explanation the SFPD approached it, and we have now mounted the difficulty that led to this”. She added that the corporate supplied a telephone quantity for police to name with questions any time a automobile is pulled over. The SFPD didn’t instantly reply to request for remark concerning the incident or about its insurance policies for driverless automobiles.
The viral video underscores the bumps within the street as corporations race to place totally autonomous automobiles on streets.
The Cruise video comes simply weeks after Waymo, one other autonomous automotive firm,
introduced it will deploy driverless automobiles in San Francisco. Waymo has been engaged on autonomous driving know-how for greater than a decade and working totally driverless rides in Arizona for greater than a yr.
However driverless automotive glitches have made headlines previously, together with a Waymo automobile that grew to become
caught at an intersection and required rescue.
Waymo stated in March it will
permit passengers in its driverless vehicles on a trial foundation. To partake, riders should apply for a waitlist and signal non-disclosure agreements to get early entry.
Nuro, one other autonomous automotive firm, additionally has a allow for driverless automobiles in San Francisco, however is
utilizing it for self-driving supply providers fairly than passenger rides. It’s already making driverless deliveries in Mountain View, California.
Different driverless automotive corporations are engaged on their very own know-how, together with Elon Musk’s digital automotive firm Tesla and Aurora Innovation, an organization based mostly in Pittsburgh.