SAN FRANCISCO: On December 7, 2017 a Cruise driverless car was traveling in the center lane of a three lane street in San Francisco. The vehicle saw a gap in traffic in the left lane, and proceeded to execute a lane change. At this time, a motorcycle who was slowly lane sharing between the right and middle lanes, moved into the space the car was vacating.
The car then “observed” traffic slowing in front of it, and canceled the lane change, and moved back into the middle lane. When it did so, it struck the motorcyclist who was now in the center lane, causing the rider to crash.
The rider sustained minor injuries. Police reports placed the rider at fault since the car had not fully completed the lane change yet.
The Cruise driverless cars are tested on San Francisco’s busy, crowded streets in an attempt to help them “learn faster.” However, they have a reported 14 collisions on San Francisco streets, many of which involve another vehicle rear ending the autonomous car.
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