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Cruise Stops All Driverless Taxi Operations in the US

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Cruise mentioned on Thursday night that it could pause all driverless operations in the US, two days after California regulators informed the Common Motors subsidiary to take its autonomous vehicles off the state’s roads.

The choice impacts Cruise’s robotic taxi companies in Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, the place a restricted variety of public riders might hail paid rides. Noncommercial operations in Dallas, Houston and Miami have been additionally paused.

Cruise didn’t say how lengthy the halt will final. Testing of driverless automobiles with a security driver behind the wheel will proceed, the corporate mentioned.

In a post on X, previously often called Twitter, Cruise mentioned that it had made the choice to “look at our processes, programs, and instruments and mirror on how we are able to higher function in a means that may earn public belief.”

The choice to cease all driverless operations is a serious setback for Cruise, which was increasing from restricted companies in San Francisco and Phoenix. The corporate additionally had plans to check its driverless automobiles in Nashville and Seattle.

On Tuesday, California’s Division of Motor Autos suspended Cruise’s license to check and function the corporate’s driverless fleet within the state, citing an Oct. 2 incident through which a Cruise car dragged a San Francisco pedestrian for 20 toes after a collision.

In an preliminary assembly with Cruise after the October crash, the D.M.V. mentioned, the corporate confirmed footage from the automobile’s cameras that ended with the driverless car coming to a whole cease after hitting the pedestrian, who was first hit by one other automobile.

D.M.V. officers later realized via “dialogue with one other authorities company” that the pedestrian had additionally been dragged, in response to a suspension order despatched to Cruise.

In an announcement, Cruise mentioned it had proven the company “the whole video a number of occasions.”

In August, California’s D.M.V. informed Cruise to cut back its fleet by half whereas the company investigated a string of different incidents involving the corporate’s driverless vehicles in San Francisco, together with a collision with a hearth truck.

The California Public Utilities Fee, which greenlighted an enlargement of Cruise robotic taxi service in San Francisco in August, additionally suspended its allow for the service on Tuesday.