According to Sogomonian, the Cruise autonomous cab ended up forcing a Line 1 bus to reroute because the robotaxi blocked the road. It took 20 minutes for a Cruise technician to show up and remove the vehicle from where it stopped working.
As Philip Koopman said about previous episodes in which Cruise AVs blocked San Francisco streets, “this is yet another symptom that they have removed a backup driver from their vehicles too early.” If the robotaxi had a backup driver inside it, the glitch would have been solved in seconds instead of 20 minutes.
A person that identified solely as anoncruiseemployee on a Reddit thread said that the company presents a “highly chaotic environment where safety-related discussion is routinely discouraged.” This person also expressed concerns that the stranded Cruise robotaxis may eventually block “emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.” These vehicles suddenly stopping may also lead to crashes: Cruise even writes a warning between the taillights that the autonomous cab “may stop quickly.”
So far, NHTSA has not revealed the results of its investigation about Cruise. There is also no information from local authorities if the company will have to employ backup drivers or if it may keep blocking San Francisco streets every once in a while.
Stalled @Cruise autonomous car suddenly turned of self drive mode at Mason and Sacramento st. And backed up traffic, forced line 1 bus to reroute. Technician came 20 min later to move it away. pic.twitter.com/tpUE9by5kO— Ella Sogomonian (@EllaSogomonian) September 23, 2022