Incident 563: Stalled Cruise robotaxi blocks path of ambulance carrying a patient who later died

Description: A stalled Cruise robotaxi blocked a San Francisco ambulance's path, delaying its transport of a critically injured pedestrian hit by a vehicle. The patient later died from their injuries.


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Alleged: Cruise developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed San Francisco emergency services and ambulance patient.

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Sean McGregor
Driverless Taxis Blocked Ambulance in Fatal Accident, San Francisco Fire Dept. Says · 2023

Two Cruise driverless taxis blocked an ambulance carrying a critically injured patient who later died at a hospital, a San Francisco Fire Department report said, in another incident involving self-driving cars in the city.

On Aug. 14, two C…


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