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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis


A Cruise autonomous vehicle on the streets of San Francisco.

Cruise said in a regulatory filing the software recall was issued because of a "rare circumstance" in which the automated driving system caused the driverless robotaxi to brake hard while making an unprotected left turn.

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A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle (AV) unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

In a regulatory filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Cruise attributed the June collision to a "rare circumstance" in which the automated driving system caused the unmanned robotaxi to brake hard while making an unprotected left turn.

"The report explains how the Cruise AV responded to an oncoming vehicle speeding in the wrong lane, and how through our normal course of continuous improvements, Cruise AVs are even better equipped to prevent this singular, exceptional event," the unit said.

Cruise explained the automated driving system had chosen the risk scenario with the least potential for a serious crash, before the oncoming vehicle suddenly shifted direction.

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