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Cruise Out of Control?

Self-driving vehicle in collision with pedestrian in San Francisco

A woman in San Francisco was found with life-threatening injuries late October 2 after a collision with a self-driving car, authorities said. First responders arrived at 5th and Market Streets just after 9:30 p.m. and found the woman underneath the left rear axle of a stopped Cruise autonomous vehicle, according to San Francisco Fire Capt. Justin Shore.

The full details of whether the car actually made first impact are being disputed.

Cruise wrote in a statement (note: AV=autonomous vehicle), “A human-driven vehicle struck a pedestrian while traveling in the lane immediately to the left of a Cruise AV. The initial impact was severe and launched the pedestrian directly in front of the AV. The AV then braked aggressively to minimize the impact. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene, and at the request of the police the AV was kept in place.”

The autonomous vehicle was recording video at the time, which has been made available to the public but is very graphic. Authorities are analyzing the video and investigating the incident. Cruise was one of two major AV companies granted a contract in San Francisco earlier this year.

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