Waymo updated its vehicle software after ‘rare scenario’ in Phoenix

The safety of autonomous ride-hailing vehicles operating on public roads has been under intense scrutiny after a vehicle operated by General Motors’ Cruise unit re-struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in San Francisco last fall.

Waymo said it first reported the incident to NHTSA on Dec. 15, followed by four subsequent meetings with NHTSA staff between December and February. Based on those meetings and Waymo’s internal analysis of the events, the company submitted a voluntary recall report of the vehicle software it used at the time. It filed the report on Feb. 13.

Waymo said the two vehicles involved were not carrying passengers at the time.

“This voluntary recall reflects how seriously we take our responsibility to safely deploy our technology and to transparently communicate with the public,” Waymo wrote in a blog post.

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