Cruise wasn’t hiding video of pedestrian dragging from regulators — it was just bad internet

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Cruise wasn’t hiding video of pedestrian dragging from regulators — it was just bad internet -Gudstory

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General Motors’ self-driving car subsidiary Cruise tried to send regulators a 90-second video of an incident in which one of its driverless cars dragged a pedestrian 20 feet, but it was blocked due to “Internet connectivity issues.” An obstacle arose. Report compiled by a law firm investigating the incident.

The law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, was hired by Cruise to determine whether its executives misled regulators after an October 2 incident in which a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a pedestrian. Had collided, due to which it came on the way without a driver. Cruise vehicle. Its findings are detailed in a nearly 200-page report released today.

In response to the accident, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended Cruz’s license to operate his vehicles in the state. The department also accused the company of hiding parts of the video of the incident, which showed its vehicle dragging the pedestrian in an attempt to pull him over. Cruz denied the allegation, claiming that he showed the full video to the agency.

“Internet Connectivity Problems”

The law firm’s report appears to support both claims. The firm concluded that the “preponderance of evidence” confirms that Cruz “played or attempted to play the entire video” of him dragging the woman by his car during an October 3 briefing with regulators and other government officials.

“However, in three of these meetings, Internet connectivity issues prevented viewing the entire video clearly and completely,” the report said. “And Cruz failed to enhance the entire video by confirming the pullover maneuver and pulling over the pedestrian.”

More than 100 Cruise employees were aware of the pedestrian-dragging incident before an October 3 meeting with the San Francisco mayor’s office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the DMV and other government officials. But Cruz did not say anything about the pedestrian being dragged, instead “letting the video speak for itself.” Poor internet connection prevented this from happening.

“Because Cruise took that approach, he did not verbally point out these facts,” the company says.

Shortly after the incident, some Cruise employees, unaware that the vehicle had pulled over the pedestrian while attempting to pull over, issued a press statement and began sharing an initial video with reporters. But after becoming aware, Cruz failed to update his statement or share the full video of the incident.

Cruz did not say anything about dragging the pedestrian, preferring to let the video speak for itself

Similarly, Cruz’s leadership was “determined” on correcting the media story that the crash was caused by the Cruz vehicle, not the hit-and-run driver. This “myopic focus” caused the company to omit details about its own vehicle’s role in injuring pedestrians. The firm says Cruise’s failure to correct the record led regulators and the media to accuse the company of misleading them.

More broadly, the culture of hostility toward regulators at Cruise contributed to these failures. Quinn Emanuel reports that, in his interviews with employees, Cruz observed “too much of an ‘us versus them’ attitude… which is not indicative of a healthy, mutually productive relationship.”

The firm says this is a “fundamentally flawed approach” that a video can “speak for itself” and removes the need to disclose all details to regulators and government officials. “As one Cruise employee said in a text message to another employee about this matter, ‘Our leaders have failed us,'” the report said.

Several executives have resigned in the wake of the incident, including co-founders Kyle Vogt and Dan Kahn. The company halted its driverless operations nationwide, appointed a new chief safety officer and recalled all 950 of its vehicles. About a quarter of Cruise’s employees have been laid off as GM withdrew some of the company’s funding.

“We are focused on advancing our technology and gaining public trust,” Cruz said in a blog post in response to the report.

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