“Reviving Trust in Self-Driving: Cruise Relaunches with Human Drivers in Phoenix πŸš—

GM’s Cruise to relaunch vehicles with human drivers in Phoenix

As per report featured in CNBC-General Motors’ self-driving vehicle unit, Cruise, is set to relaunch cars on U.S. roads for the first time since October, starting with a small fleet of human-driven vehicles in Phoenix. This move follows a halt in operations after an accident in San Francisco where a pedestrian was dragged by a Cruise robotaxi. The redeployed vehicles will initially gather road information in select cities, with plans to eventually resume driverless operations, although no specific timeline has been provided. Cruise aims to rebuild trust with regulators and communities, guided by new leadership and third-party recommendations. An investigation into the October incident highlighted culture issues and leadership failures but found no evidence of a coverup. Cruise is cooperating with investigations by state and federal agencies. Prior to the accident, Cruise had ambitious plans for robotaxi expansion. The company has undergone significant leadership changes and layoffs in response to the incident.

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