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GM’s self-driving taxi outfit, Cruise, has dismissed nine execs – including its chief operating officer – after staff withheld information regarding an incident in which a woman was injured by one of the firm's robotaxis. "Today, following an initial analysis of the October 2 incident and Cruise's response to it, nine …

  1. Toni the terrible Bronze badge


    Parking on top a pedestrian seems rreasonable, after all its only training for the rise of the AI machines.

    1. Strahd Ivarius Silver badge

      Re: Parking

      it was performing a "citizen arrest" after said pedestrian was seen trying to destroy another car

    2. Brian 3

      Re: Parking

      I suspect it's CAPTCHA driven - someone was feeling fatigue from being accused of robotism again so they were larking on the second CAPTCHA, teaching the "AI" model that citizen == parking space.

  2. chuckufarley Silver badge

    Oh my god!

    How long will this sanity last?

    Seriously though, it's good to see that the wheels of justice turned a bit. Now about that victim?

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: Oh my god!

      What justice ?

      Did the excutives get jail time or a payout ?

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "dismissed nine execs"

    Well, nice to see that they didn't go after a rogue engineer. Kudos for that.

    Now, to get that car secure for the road. Seems that the job isn't finished.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: "dismissed nine execs"

      Well, they also canned a quarter of the workforce, so I don't think Engineering escaped unscathed.

  4. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    Surely, given that he's apparently responsible for everything bad, someone is going to blame Elon for this?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Someone is going to blame Elon for this?

      @Andy The Hat: "Surely, given that he's apparently responsible for everything bad, someone is going to blame Elon for this?"

      Is this Elon a friend of yours?

  5. Zack Mollusc

    Good start.

    They have successfuly increased integrity by sacking CEOs , but to maintain it they need to resist employing any replacements.

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: Good start.

      So paying people without zero tangible skills claiming multi million dollar compensation over actual skilled workers is integrity ?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well at least we now know who the Idiot VP at GM was..

    The GM guy who bought the Cruise Vaporware Scam in 2016 without doing any technical due diligence and made the deal happen from the GM side.

    And the senior VP guy who signed off on the deal by the look of the GM press release in 2016 (now "missing"). Why it's the current President of GM. Mark Reuss.

    Well thats another $10 billion plus GM debacle. Quite a few of these over the decades.

    So based on how GM decide to wind the corpse up (based on the best accounting angle) that's probably most gone in 12/18 months and the last person gone in the next 36 months.

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: Well at least we now know who the Idiot VP at GM was..

      Im shocked you haven figured out that the vast majority CEOs are basically frauds having neither skills or intelligence. I mean you wouldnt expect a dog or cat to do due diligence, so why do you expect a manager type who wouldnt know how to technicall evaluate anything to be able to do so ?

  7. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Fascinating, thought Mr Spock

    I wonder if any of the programmers of autonomous driving software ever considered the situation of having somebody lying in the road. A human would slam on the brakes and have a bit of a freak-out if they came across an accident victim lying injured in the road. A robotaxi, not so much. Perhaps it thought, umm, classified the person only a speed bump.

    I'd like to stake my claim that a day or so ago I predicted the chance that Cruise would be wound up. This may be a good indicator that GM is finding the risks to be more than the rewards.

    If I'm out of town and need to take a taxi, I like to ask the driver about places to go and those areas to avoid. A robot could be programmed for that, but it would be like adwords. The businesses would have to purchase recommendations for the robo taxis to mention them where a human driver might get some commission, but it might be as completely crass since they'd a bad review if they pointed people at places that were a complete rip-off. It's easy enough to go online and find a good steak house, but it's another to find who is making the best take away curry close by.

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