Cruise will resume testing after one of its cars ran someone over

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Cruise has announced that it’s resuming tests for its fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona , though not with passengers just yet.
The autonomous vehicle maker says it will start with humans behind the wheel, with no passengers and no autonomous driving mechanisms engaged.
They’ve caused something of a mass exodus in the company, starting with then CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt and nine other leaders.
Cruise also laid off 24 percent of its workforce shortly after.
Cruise says its intent with renewed testing is to help improve its systems by collecting more road data to continue feeding its machine learning model, and that it hopes to eventually resume human-supervised autonomous tests in Phoenix.
Cruise has a lot of work ahead to prove that its driverless cars are ready to fully return to the road.
To our knowledge, California hasn’t lifted the original ban it imposed, though the state has apparently made the company’s path to redemption clear.
“The DMV has provided Cruise with the steps needed to apply to reinstate its suspended permits,” the California Department of Motor Vehicles wrote last October.

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Cruise has declared that, although not yet with passengers, it is resuming testing for its fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the manufacturer of autonomous vehicles, driving will begin with people in the driver’s seat, without any passengers, and without using any autonomous driving features.

Since one of the robotaxis’s vehicles ran over and dragged a pedestrian over 20 feet in October after another vehicle threw the victim into its path, lawmakers in California have prohibited the GM subsidiary from operating its vehicles in the state. A few weeks had passed since the previous incident, in which one of Cruise’s cars failed to yield to a fire truck’s emergency signals, resulting in a collision.

Since then, the business has been coping with the fallout. Amidst numerous investigations into the incidents, Cruise first suspended operations nationwide and modified the way 950 of its cars responded to crashes by updating their software. Starting with then-CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt and nine other leaders, they’ve caused something of a mass departure within the organization. Not long after, Cruise also let go of 24% of its staff.

Resuming human-supervised autonomous testing in Phoenix is something Cruise hopes to do eventually. Cruise says the goal of the renewed testing is to help improve its systems by gathering more road data to continue feeding its machine learning model. According to the company, it chose the city because many of its employees live there and because of its “strong history” of fostering automotive innovation.

In order to demonstrate that its driverless cars are prepared for a full road comeback, Cruise has a lot of work ahead of them. As far as we are aware, California hasn’t reversed the initial prohibition it put in place, but it does seem that the company has a clear path to recovery. The California Department of Motor Vehicles stated in a letter from October of last year that “the DMV has provided Cruise with the steps needed to apply to reinstate its suspended permits.”. Whatever those concerns may be, addressing them would be a significant step toward building some goodwill.

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