Autonomous driverless taxi tries to flee a San Francisco police checkpoint

Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been offering autonomous taxis for limited trips on the streets of San Francisco for several months. But at the beginning of April, one of these vehicles is said to have tried to flee during a police check phonandroid.

A little chase

On patrol, the police actually decided to check this vehicle. According to witnesses present at the scene, the car’s headlights were not on when it got dark. An agent then approached the robotaxi without immediately understanding that it was a driverless vehicle.

Finally, just as the officer had just pulled away, the self-propelled vehicle quickly restarted and looked like it was trying to spin out of control. So this Chevy Bolt rolled a few meters before it stopped again and was overtaken by the police patrol. The scene of this sci-fi movie-worthy chase was filmed and then widely shared on social media (see here).

Expected Behavior

When asked about the behavior of their autonomous car, the Cruise brand responded on Twitter. “Our self-driving vehicle gave way to the police vehicle and then proceeded as planned to the nearest safe spot for traffic control,” the company said. This would therefore be the normal operation of the vehicle.

“An officer contacted Cruise staff and no ticket was issued,” the brand said. Also in San Francisco, meanwhile, Waymo, Google’s autonomous cars that have had a presence in the city since February 2021, have been mysteriously stuck in an impasse for no apparent reason.

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