Incident 253: Cruise's Self-Driving Cars Allegedly Lost Connection to Their Server, Causing Traffic Blockages in San Francisco

Description: Cruise’s autonomous vehicles were shown on video stopping in the middle of the road and causing blockages in San Francisco, as they were disabled allegedly due to lost connection to their company’s server.


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

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Khoa Lam

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Known AI Goal

Autonomous Driving

Potential AI Technology

Image Segmentation, Geolocation Data

Potential AI Technical Failure

Software Bug, Hardware Failure, Backup Failure


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