A few months in the past, Cruise , the autonomous vehicle division of Common Motors, started providing driverless taxi companies in the metropolis of San Francisco to take a look at and refine its know-how. The corporate is working exhausting to be the first to provide rides in sensor-laden vehicles that promise to revolutionize the approach we get round, making streets and highways safer.
However not everybody appears prepared to say goodbye to drivers. Over the weekend, a video of a site visitors officer making an attempt to query the driver of an autonomous vehicle circulated on social media. After ordering the vehicle to cease, the officer approaches the vehicle’s window and, surprised, appears to be like inside. Then he tries to open the door and failing to achieve this, he returns to his patrol. At that second the Cruise begins once more to cross a avenue and cease with the flashing lights on. The policeman and his accomplice strategy the automobile once more, encompass it and seem confused by the scenario.
In accordance to The Verge , Aaron McLear , a Cruise spokesman, acknowledged after the incident that the automobile was not making an attempt to run away however to discover a safer place to park. The automobile was stopped for not having the lights on, an difficulty that has already been corrected by the firm. McLear defined that the firm works intently with the metropolis police and that there’s a hotline to report incidents like this.
Cruise just isn’t the solely firm working and testing its autonomous automobiles in actual environments. In the race to be the first to provide the service are additionally Tesla with Autopilot and Google with Waymo (which additionally carries out assessments in the metropolis of San Francisco).
It’s estimated that 94% of automobile accidents are attributable to human error. The introduction of autonomous programs guarantees to dramatically scale back deaths and accidents attributable to site visitors incidents.