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
An Autonomous Car Blocked a Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency · 2022

On an early April morning, around 4 am, a San Francisco Fire Department truck responding to a fire tried to pass a doubled-parked garbage truck by using the opposing lane. But a traveling autonomous vehicle, operated by the General Motors s…

GM Autonomous Car Blocked A Fire Truck In San Francisco That Was Responding To An Emergency · 2022

Early last month, a fire truck on its way to an emergency was prevented from moving forward, in part, by a Cruise AV test vehicle. This is one of a handful of incidents giving San Francisco city officials pause as a proposed permit program …

Protest of Cruise LLC Tier 2 Advice Letter · 2023

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San Francisco police back the fire chief's complaint about robotaxis interfering with first responders · 2023

San Francisco is in an uproar over robotaxis’ persistent interference with firefighters, police officers and other emergency medical personnel.

The city’s fire chief called attention Thursday to the potentially dangerous encounters between …


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