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Robotaxi companies have a serious trust issue

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The recent woes of robotaxi company Cruise bring to light many interesting problems currently plaguing the autonomous vehicle industry, most importantly issues around transparency and public trust.

How are we supposed to trust these companies with our lives — and indeed, you are putting your life in the hands of a company when you ride in their driverless cars — when they don’t see fit to disclose all of the information we need to best understand the technology?

Last month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended Cruise’s license to operate robotaxis after a Cruise vehicle struck a woman who was flung into its path by a hit-and-run driver. The driverless Cruise vehicle ran over her, stopped briefly, then proceeded to drag…

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