General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit, Cruise, is under investigation by U.S. regulators over safety concerns regarding its cars’ interaction with pedestrians. According to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Cruise vehicles may not be exercising appropriate caution around pedestrians, potentially increasing the risk of collisions and resulting in injuries or deaths. The NHTSA has also raised concerns about several hard-braking incidents by Cruise vehicles resulting in collisions. In response, Cruise has stated that it has made improvements to give pedestrians more space. The company is cooperating with the ongoing investigations. These probes come on the heels of the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordering Cruise’s driverless cars to be removed from state roads due to safety concerns. While Cruise had been operating an autonomous ride-hailing service, it has now been halted. Cruise is competing with Alphabet’s Waymo unit in the race to develop autonomous cars for wider production and deployment.
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