Incident 389: Cruise Autonomous Car Blocked Fire Truck Responding to Emergency

Description: A fire truck in San Francisco responding to a fire was blocked from passing a doubled-parked garbage truck by a self-driving Cruise car on the opposing lane which stayed put and did not reverse to clear the lane.


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Alleged: Cruise developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed San Francisco firefighters and San Francisco Fire Department.

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Khoa Lam


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