Autonomous Chevy Bolt Involved In Motorcycle Crash In San Francisco

It has emerged that one of Cruise Automation’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts was involved in a crash with a motorcycle in San Francisco.

In California Department of Motor Vehicles documents uncovered by CNET, it’s been discovered that the Bolt and motorcycle collided on December 7 at the corner of Oak Street and Fillmore Street.

Following investigations, it was concluded that the Bolt was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident and was attempting to change lanes. Once the car realized that the gap to change lanes was shrinking, it started to make its way back to the original lane. Unexpectedly, a motorcyclist who was lane splitting at the time made contact with the side of the Bolt before falling down.

Fortunately, the Bolt was traveling at just 12 mph at the time of the collision while the 1996 Honda S90 was overtaking at 17 mph. The biker suffered a minor shoulder injury while the passenger side of the Bolt was left badly scratched.

Unlike some other incidents involving autonomous vehicles, the Bolt actually wasn’t blamed for the crash. Instead, police determined that the motorcyclist was at fault for attempting to overtake the Chevrolet in an unsafe way.

“At Cruise, we test our self-driving cars in challenging and unpredictable environments precisely because by doing so we will get better, safer AV technology on the roads sooner,” a General Motors spokesperson said.


  • ediotsavant

    Autonomous cars will never be idiot proof.

    • ChrisInIL

      Nor will they ever be perfect.

      • marioGTI

        Nor will they have a gift of predictability or common sense.

        • Status

          You think computers can’t learn predictive modeling? Ever wonder how Amazon knows what to sell you? Oh boy are you in for a rude awakening.

          • Six Thousand Times

            And in competition with humans? Look at it this way, computers will only get smarter. Humans? Well, there’s some evidence we’re headed in the opposite direction.

  • Raymond Ramirez

    I would love to see the motorcycle driver’s face when the judge decides in favor of the Chevy Bot EV. He ASSumed wrong (the capital letters are for him) that he gets to pass the Bolt EV on the wrong side. The law in any State is quite clear that you have to keep in a lane, not between them, and pass on the left side, which is what the Bolt EV was attempting and had to return to the lane.

    GM and Cruise have no blame here! Maybe they will sue the motorcycle driver instead for the damages.

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