Incident 175: Cruise Autonomous Taxi Allegedly Bolted off from Police After Being Pulled over in San Francisco

Description: An autonomous Chevy Bolt operated by Cruise was pulled over in San Francisco, and as the police attempted to engage with the car, it reportedly bolted off, pulled over again, and put on its hazards lights on at a point farther down the road.


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Alleged: Cruise developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed San Francisco public and Cruise customers.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
Here’s what happens when cops pull over a driverless Cruise vehicle · 2022

It’s been a little over two months since Cruise started letting the people of San Francisco catch rides on its driverless robotaxis, and one of its cars already had a run-in with police. In a video originally posted to Instagram last weeken…

GM Cruise autonomous taxi pulled over by police in San Francisco without humans, 'bolts' off · 2022

Over the weekend, a GM Cruise converted Chevy Bolt without a driver was pulled over by San Francisco Police. In an unexpected turn, the car “bolted” to a safe spot. Cruise responded.

The original Instagram poster noted that this occurred in…

An autonomous Cruise vehicle left police confused when they tried to pull it over · 2022

The future is a weird place.

Since February, GM’s Cruise self-driving unit has offered public taxi rides in San Francisco. And for the most part, it seems the service hasn’t run into any notable problems. That is until a strange situation p…

Driverless car starts to pull away after being stopped by police · 2022

The incident highlights legal challenges around road safety and autonomous vehicles, especially when there is no driver at the wheel.

A video which has gone viral shows a driverless car start to pull away after being stopped by police, at l…

Video of Police Pulling Over Driverless Car Viewed 1.2 Million Times · 2022

A video of a driverless car being pulled over by police in San Francisco has been watched more than 1.2 million times.

B.rad916 posted a clip on Instagram of a self-driving car belonging to General Motors' Cruise line interacting with San F…


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