California DMV suspends Cruise driverless vehicles due to safety risks

Due to safety risks, the California DMV has put the brakes on Cruise driverless vehicles in the state. The decision comes after several issues with the cars in San Francisco, including an incident where a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian and the pedestrian was struck by a driverless vehicle. Other incidents included cars stopping in traffic, requiring a human driver to come to the car and move it.

The DMV issued the following press release

Public safety remains the California DMV’s top priority, and the department’s autonomous vehicle regulations provide a framework to facilitate the safe testing and deployment of this technology on California public roads. When there is an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV can immediately suspend or revoke permits. There is no set time for a suspension.

The California DMV today notified Cruise that the department is suspending Cruise’s autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permits, effective immediately. The DMV has provided Cruise with the steps needed to apply to reinstate its suspended permits, which the DMV will not approve until the company has fulfilled the requirements to the department’s satisfaction. This decision does not impact the company’s permit for testing with a safety driver.

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