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GM’s Cruise recalls 950 driverless cars after production halt

General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) self-driving unit Cruise is recalling 950 driverless cars across the U.S. and may file additional recalls, soon after its decision to temporarily halt production of its autonomous Cruise Origin vehicle.
The recalls are being done to update the collision detection subsystem of the Cruise Automated Driving Systems software.
The software caused the San Francisco hit-and-run incident, in which a woman was hit by a Cruise robotaxi on Oct. 2 and dragged for ~20 feet. The software wrongly characterized it as a lateral collision and “commanded the autonomous vehicle to attempt to pull over out of traffic, pulling the individual forward.”
“Cruise has developed a software update that remedies the issue,” it said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday. “With the new update, the Cruise AV would’ve remained stationary during the Oct. 2 incident.”
The incident led to California suspending Cruise’s driverless permits last month, forcing Cruise to pause all operations nationwide to address the issue.
“Cruise has deployed the remedy to its supervised test fleet, which remains in operation, and will deploy the remedy to its driverless fleet prior to resuming operations,” it said in the notice.
Cruise also plans to hire a chief safety officer. Louise Zhang, VP of Safety & Systems, will serve as interim chief safety officer and oversee the safety investigations.
GM (GM) stock had ended 3% lower on Wednesday.

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