Electronics and Semiconductors

San Francisco police pull over a Cruise robotaxi for a traffic stop

12 April 2022

A unique situation took place this past weekend in San Francisco when SFPD tried to perform a traffic stop on a Cruise Automation robotaxi.

The police initially pulled over the unmanned Chevy Bolt and approached the driver side of the Cruise car before realizing there was no driver inside. However, the car then took off from the scene only to pull over again shortly after.

This time, the police called backup and two officers investigated the Cruise vehicle. However, again no driver could be found. Later, the police let the robotaxi go without any ticket.

A video of the altercation was posted to Twitter.

Cruise, along with Alphabet’s Waymo, was approved to begin collecting fares from passengers in its robotaxis in San Francisco. They are just one of a few companies that can charge for the new ride hailing services.

Cruise began driverless operations, without a safety driver in tow, in the city in February.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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