A DRIVERLESS car firm has pulled its line of ‘robo-taxis’ just weeks after a pedestrian was run over by one of its cars.
General Motors-ownded company Cruise, which produces self-driving taxis, has said it will ‘pause its driverless operations across all of its fleets’ following the incident as they attempt to ‘rebuild public trust’.
California regulators had already decided to stop Cruise’s vehicles from operating on its state’s roads, fearing the firm had ‘misrepresented’ details of the accident and that they were ‘not safe for the public’s operation’.
On October 2, a pedestrian was struck and then pulled underneath a Cruise car.
In a statement, Cruise said: “In the incident being reviewed by the DMV, a human hit and run driver tragically struck and propelled the pedestrian into the path of the AV (Autonomous Vehicle).
“The AV braked aggressively before impact and because it detected a collision, it attempted to pull over to avoid further safety issues.
“When the AV tried to pull over, it continued before coming to a final stop, pulling the pedestrian forward.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the victim as we hope for a rapid and complete recovery.”
As well as California, Cruise vehicles had also been operating in the US cities of Austin, Phoenix and Houston.
This comes after another driverless taxi in San Francisco is seen narrowly pedestrians on a busy street with passengers onboard unable to take control.
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