GM’s self-propelled Cruise unit has been operating in San Francisco since February. And for the most part, the service doesn’t seem to have encountered any notable problems. Until a strange situation unfolded last weekend when one of the company’s vehicles left police seemingly confused by its reaction to a routine traffic stop.
— Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) April 10, 2022
The video you see above was first posted on but only spread after 9to5 publisher Seth Weintraub it on his personal Twitter account on Saturday. It shows San Francisco police attempting to stop a driverless Cruise vehicle in the city’s Richmond District, only for the car to temporarily take off while a group of bystanders watches the scene in disbelief.
A day after Weintraub shared the video, Cruise on the clip stating that his vehicle was turned over to police and driven to the nearest safe location for that traffic stop. “An officer has contacted Cruise personnel and no subpoena has been issued,” the company said. “We are working closely with the SFPD to interact with our vehicles, including a dedicated phone number they can call in such situations.”
It’s unclear why police stopped the vehicle, but it appears the car didn’t have its headlights on. It’s safe to say we may see more episodes like the one on April 2. It should come as no surprise that Cruise has produced a video teaching first responders how to approach his vehicles. check it out above
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