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Video shows autonomously driving Chevy Bolt botching traffic stop, driving away from police officer

The small self-driving Chevy Bolt unexpectedly drove off during a traffic stop in San Francisco (Image: b.rad916)
The small self-driving Chevy Bolt unexpectedly drove off during a traffic stop in San Francisco (Image: b.rad916)
The oddly-behaving electric car without a human driver was pulled over during a traffic stop in San Francisco, which is when the Chevy Bolt unexpectedly drove off and came to another stop on the other side of an intersection.

There is not much doubt that autonomously driving electric cars will be an integral part of mobility concepts of the future. But while Tesla's current Autopilot and FSD technologies still require active supervision by a human driver, there are already some autonomously driving experimental taxis roaming the streets of certain American cities. One of these cars, a Chevy Bolt prototype, has now been involved in a curious incident.

The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt, which caught the eye of a police officer in San Francisco a couple of days ago, was deployed by General Motors and its subsidiary Cruise. As can be seen in the video embedded below, the aforementioned autonomous taxi properly pulled over during the occurring traffic stop, but afterwards it suddenly accelerated and came to a stop once again after it crossing an intersection. While the autonomously driving car managed to activate the hazard lights, the purported reason for which the police officer pulled the Chevy Bolt over may be a little bit more worrisome.

Unfortunately, the self-driving taxi was in fact driving with its lights off during night time, a rather simple lapse of the otherwise sophisticated autonomous driving technology that is packed into this Chevy Bolt. Cruise has since reacted to the incident and claims that the electric car was behaving as intended, and that it drove off to seek a safer spot to stop. While no citation was issued for this incident, it clearly highlights that self-driving technologies still have some room for improvement in more or less unique situations like a traffic stop.

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-04-12 (Update: 2022-04-12)