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Updated January 6th, 2024 at 16:07 IST

GM robotaxi unit offers $75,000 to resolve Californian probe

The company had fired nine executives after the incident.

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The robotaxi unit of American multinational General Motors has offered to pay up $75,000 to resolve a California Public Utilities Commission investigation.

The Commission is investigating the automaker over its failure to disclose details of a pedestrian crash, that occurred in October last year.

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In December, the commission had ordered Cruise to appear at a hearing scheduled for February 6.

Californian authorities investigating the matter cited GM for misleading the commission "through omission" on the extent and seriousness of the accident.

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It also rebuked the Chevrolet carmaker for "misleading public comments" on interactions with the panel.

Cruise had fired nine executives last month after the incident.

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The automaker had instead sought for the hearing to be deferred, asking for an alternative mode of dispute resolution, which hints at a settlement bid by the auto giant.

The company has retained law firm Quinn Emanuel to examine its response to the October 2 incident, as per a filing on Friday.

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The investigation was expected to be completed with findings made public before February 6.

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In October, California had ordered General Motors' Cruise unit to remove its driverless cars from state roads, citing a risk to the public.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) accused the company of "misrepresenting" the safety of the technology, and suspended Cruise's autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permit.

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This put a halt to the company’s efforts to test the cars without safety drivers.

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Published January 6th, 2024 at 16:07 IST

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