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California regulator investigating Waymo-cyclist crash

According to Reuters, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is investigating a Tuesday collision between an autonomous Waymo vehicle and a bicycle.

Per SFGate, San Francisco police reported non-fatal injuries to the rider. Waymo, operated by Alphabet, claimed that one passenger in the vehicle was unharmed. They reported the incident to the police.

The business stated the autonomous vehicle stopped at a four-way junction as a huge truck drove in the other direction. The automobile entered the intersection and hit the bike behind the truck.

The truck blocked the biker, who swiftly followed and entered the Waymo vehicle’s path. When they became apparent, our car braked hard but couldn’t escape the accident, the business stated.

In August 2021, Waymo began giving robotaxis to verified San Francisco passengers. The firm received approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to charge for taxi services in September 2021. However, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has to approve the premium service in August 2022.

Waymo increased its San Francisco service zones in October to serve tens of thousands of passengers, sources told Eltrys.

Existing autonomous taxi firms are being scrutinized. Cruise recalled all its driverless taxis last year after a robotaxi pulled a person. Last month, the GM subsidiary’s internal report disclosed that the Department of Justice and SEC are investigating the corporation.

Eltrys Team
Author: Eltrys Team

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