The company Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been offering autonomous taxis for several months for limited trips on the streets of San Francisco. But, at the beginning of April, one of these vehicles would have tried to flee during a police check, reports Phonandroid.
A little chase
On patrol, the police had indeed decided to control this vehicle. According to witnesses who were present on the spot, the headlights of the car were not on when night had already fallen. An agent then approached the robotaxi, without immediately understanding that it was a driverless vehicle.
Eventually, as the officer had just driven away, the self-driving vehicle quickly restarted, looking like it was trying to get out of control. This Chevy Bolt thus rolled for a few meters, before stopping again and being overtaken by the police patrol. The scene of this chase worthy of a science fiction film was filmed and then circulated a lot on social networks (see here).
An expected behavior
Asked about the behavior of its autonomous car, the Cruise brand reacted on Twitter. “Our self-driving vehicle gave way to the police vehicle, then pulled over to the nearest safe location for traffic control, as planned,” the company said. This would therefore be the normal operation of the vehicle.
“An officer contacted Cruise staff and no ticket was issued,” the brand said. Also in San Francisco, Waymo, Google’s autonomous cars present since February 2021 in the city, had meanwhile been mysteriously drawn to a cul-de-sac, for no apparent reason.