Cops say self-driving Chevy Bolt drove too close to pedestrian

Cops say self-driving Chevy Bolt drove too close to pedestrian

by Justin King

The vehicle was being operated in San Francisco by General Motors' Cruise unit.

Police in San Francisco have ticketed an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt for allegedly driving too close to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The Bolt's human safety driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to local CBS affiliate KPIX 5. The vehicle was operated by General Motors' Cruise division.

Drivers in California must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks and shall "exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."

Cruise has disputed the validity of the ticket, claiming that data recorded by the vehicle shows that the pedestrian was more than 10 feet away. Full details of the incident remain unclear, however, as the law does not specify a certain distance that must be maintained between vehicles and pedestrians.

"Safety is our priority in testing our self-driving vehicles. California law requires the vehicle to yield the right of way to pedestrians, allowing them to proceed undisturbed and unhurried without fear of interference of their safe passage through an intersection," the company said in a statement. "Our data indicates that's what happened here."

The incident occurred just days after an Uber autonomous prototype struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.