The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced an immediate suspension of Cruise LLC’s autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permits.
Why It Matters
Ensuring public safety is at the forefront of the California DMV’s objectives. Their autonomous vehicle regulations have been established to enable secure testing and implementation of such technology on public roads. The DMV has the authority to suspend or revoke permits instantly if there’s a perceived unreasonable risk to public safety.
- The suspension does not have a defined duration.
- Cruise has been informed of the necessary steps to reinstate the suspended permits. The DMV will only approve reinstatement once Cruise meets the department’s requirements to their satisfaction.
- This suspension does not affect Cruise’s permit for testing with a safety driver onboard.
- The reasons for suspension are as follows:
- 13 CCR §228.20 (b) (6): The DMV found the performance of Cruise’s vehicles not safe for public operation.
- 13 CCR §228.20 (b) (3): Cruise allegedly provided misrepresented information concerning the safety of its vehicle’s autonomous technology.
- 13 CCR §227.42 (b) (5): Any actions or omissions by Cruise or its representatives that pose an unreasonable risk to the public during autonomous vehicle testing.
- 13 CCR §227.42 (c): The DMV has the right to suspend or revoke testing permits immediately if a company’s practices endanger the safety of the public.
The California DMV remains committed to ensuring the safe development and deployment of autonomous technologies. This suspension serves as a reminder to all autonomous vehicle manufacturers of the importance of adhering to safety regulations and standards.