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Driverless Cruise automobile’s cameras recorded second girl was struck in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Video footage recorded by a Cruise automobile’s cameras captured the second {that a} pedestrian was struck by a human-driven automobile downtown earlier than she was run over by Cruise’s driverless automobile.

San Francisco Police Division officers stated they discovered the girl trapped beneath a Cruise autonomous automobile on fifth Avenue close to Market Avenue at 9:30 p.m. The pedestrian suffered a number of traumatic accidents. SFPD stated a human-driven automobile “might have been initially concerned within the collision.”

A Cruise consultant allowed KRON4 to view video footage recorded by its AV concerned within the accident. The video confirmed {that a} human-driven automobile struck the girl first earlier than she was thrown straight into the trail of the Cruise automobile.

  • The video begins with the human-driven automobile and driverless Cruise automobile ready side-by-side at an intersection for a visitors gentle to show inexperienced.
  • After the sunshine turns inexperienced, the video exhibits the girl strolling in a crosswalk when she is struck by the human-driven automobile. For the time being of impression, the girl was crossing the road in opposition to a purple gentle and strolling in entrance of oncoming visitors.
  • The video then exhibits the girl being thrown onto the hood and windshield of the human-driven automobile. She is carried on the hood for a few block. She then tumbles onto the pavement straight in entrance of the Cruise automobile.
  • The video exhibits the Cruise automobile operating the girl over.
  • The human-driven automobile pauses earlier than fleeing the scene.
  • The video ends.

Cruise wrote in a press release, “A human-driven automobile struck a pedestrian whereas touring within the lane instantly to the left of a Cruise AV. The preliminary impression was extreme and launched the pedestrian straight in entrance of the AV. The AV then braked aggressively to reduce the impression. The driving force of the opposite automobile fled the scene, and on the request of the police the AV was stored in place.”

The lady was nonetheless pinned beneath the Cruise automobile when firefighters and police arrived on scene. Firefighters have been capable of talk with Cruise operators earlier than crews used jaws of life heavy rescue instruments to elevate the autonomous automobile off of the sufferer, the San Francisco Hearth Division stated.

SFPD Officer Robert Rueca informed KRON4, “The (Cruise) automobile was not occupied by a driver or a passenger on the time of the collision.”

The present situation of the sufferer is unknown right now. Cruise wrote on Tuesday, “Our heartfelt concern and focus is the wellbeing of the one who was injured. We’re actively working with police to assist establish the accountable driver.”

May the second collision have been averted if a human was behind the wheel of the Cruise automobile? “This can be a onerous query,” stated Cal State East Bay laptop science professor Moayed Daneshyari.

Daneshyari, an knowledgeable in Synthetic Intelligence and machine studying, defined how autonomous driving expertise performs in all these situations. “The autopilot regulate, not only for the automobile in entrance, however there are cameras throughout they usually contemplate all totally different situations. The coders mainly put that situation into the system and these machine studying algorithms. They be taught from their previous experiences.”

So far as the place AV expertise stands now, people have computer systems beat in terms of common response instances for random situations on the street, the professor stated. “The response time is lower than the typical human,” Daneshyari stated.

Daneshyari stated the investigation will reveal the response time of the Cruise automobile throughout Monday night time’s collision. “We’ve to mainly await the investigation,” the professor stated.

The SFPD Visitors Collision Investigations Unit is main the investigation. Anybody with data is requested to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444, or textual content a tip to TIP411 and start the message with “SFPD.” 

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