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October 27, 2023
Driverless Taxis Lose Their License After Hitting Pedestrian And Dragging Them Down The Street
Cars don’t hit people, people with cars hit people. Unless it’s a driverless car, of course.
The ironic thing about autonomous technology is that now the blame falls on the object. We cannot just take cars away from sober people because someone else drives drunk. But we can take autonomous vehicles away from all because the responsibility now falls upon the inanimate object since it can move itself.
However, liberals seem to think guns are autonomous. But that’s beside the point of this article.
California has put the brakes on driverless Cruise Taxis, following an unfortunate incident where it allegedly struck and dragged a pedestrian in San Francisco earlier this month. The DMV has suspended its permits for testing driverless vehicles, effective immediately.
Police are waiting to press charges as they determine the car's auto-motive.
This really makes you think, did the programmers plan ahead for things like hitting deer?
Actually, Cruise is claiming innocence, and has put the blame on the car in front which actually had a driver in control of the vehicle.
According to a statement from Cruise, Panini was at a complete stop at a red light and a Nissan Sentra was stopped in the adjacent lane to the left. When the light turned green, the Nissan Sentra and Panini entered the intersection.
This is when the pedestrian entered the crosswalk on the opposite side across from the vehicles, “passed completely through the AV’s lane of travel, then stopped mid-crosswalk in front of the Nissan Sentra. The Nissan Sentra then tragically struck and propelled the pedestrian into the path of the AV. The AV biased rightward before braking aggressively, but still made contact with the pedestrian.”
Cruise said that the driverless taxi detected a collision, brought the vehicle to a stop; and then attempted to pull over. However, it was the attempt to avoid further safety issues that pulled the individual 20 feet.
Cruise also said that the driver of the Nissan Sentra fled the scene after the collision.
If this is true, then this is yet another reason why we really can’t blame inanimate objects for things since it was the human-operated car with a controlled driver who caused the accident.
How does the saying go? “Guns don't kill people, people kill people.” In other words, “Cars don't kill people, people kill people.”
“Currently, the human driver responsible for the incident is still at large,” Cruise said.
The DMV said it has provided the company “with the steps needed to apply to reinstate its suspended permits,” but it’s going to need to fulfill the requirements “to the department’s satisfaction.”
Cruise can still test its vehicles as long as there’s a “safety driver” behind the wheel.
This isn’t the first time the autonomous taxi has come under fire. The company was previously put under investigation after reports of pedestrian injuries.
The DMV said it suspended the company's permits because“the manufacturer’s vehicles are not safe for the public’s operation,” and that “the manufacturer has misrepresented any information related to safety of the autonomous technology of its vehicles.”
However, its rival Waymo is still autonomously cruising the Streets of San Francisco.
Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to rush AI into our lives as this may be a sign that programmed intelligence has limited tolerance for risk errors.
All that said, the day that we only have self-driving cars on the road, is the day I will officially stop driving.