GM Cruise unit suspends all driverless operations after California ban

General Motors’ driverless car unit, Cruise, has suspended all its autonomous operations nationwide following an order from California regulators. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) cited concerns about Cruise’s driverless vehicles, stating they posed a risk to the public and that the company had “misrepresented” the technology’s safety. Cruise has self-driving operations in multiple cities, and this suspension is a significant setback for GM’s autonomous driving ambitions. Cruise clarified that the decision to pause driverless operations is unrelated to recent on-road incidents and that supervised autonomous vehicle operations will continue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also investigating reports of Cruise self-driving cars engaging in inappropriate hard braking that resulted in collisions. The DMV had previously ordered Cruise to remove half of its driverless vehicles following an accident in which the vehicle braked but struck a pedestrian. Cruise denied the allegation, stating that it had shared complete video footage with the DMV. The company is cooperating with NHTSA’s ongoing investigation. NHTSA is separately probing whether Cruise is taking adequate precautions to ensure the safety of autonomous robotaxis for pedestrians.