General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit is recalling all 950 of its cars in the US to update software after a pedestrian was dragged to the side of a San Francisco street in early October.
The company said in documents posted by US safety regulators that with the updated software, Cruise vehicles will now remain stationary in similar cases.
The crash on October 2 forced Cruise to suspend driverless operations across America after California regulators found that its cars posed a danger to public safety.
The California department of motor vehicles revoked the licence for Cruise, which was transporting passengers without human drivers throughout San Francisco.
In the crash, a human-driven vehicle hit a pedestrian, sending the person into the path of a Cruise autonomous vehicle.
The Cruise initially stopped, but then pulled to the right to get out of traffic, pulling the person about 20 feet forward.
Cruise says in documents that it already has updated software in test vehicles that are being supervised by human safety drivers.
The driverless fleet will get the new software before resuming operations, the company said.
Cruise has also tested a robotaxi service in Los Angeles, as well as cities like Phoenix and Austin, Texas.
While the department of motor vehicles did not elaborate on specific reasons for its suspension of Cruise’s licence, the agency accused Cruise of misrepresenting safety information about the autonomous technology in its vehicles.
The revocation followed a series of incidents that heightened concerns about the hazards and inconveniences caused by Cruise’s robotaxis.