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    GM settles lawsuit with motorcyclist hit by self-driving carREUTERS - 5:44 PM ETBy David Shepardson

    June 1 (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM) agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist involved in a minor crash with one of its self-driving cars in San Francisco late last year, the U.S. automaker said on Friday.

    Oscar Nilsson sued GM in U.S. District Court in January for negligence over a December 2017 crash in which he was injured.

    The settlement, reported earlier by car-focused website Jalopnik, was filed on Wednesday. Lawyers said in the joint court filing they plan to finalize details by the end of June.

    Nilsson's suit claimed the self-driving GM Cruise "suddenly veered back" into Nilsson's lane, striking him and knocking him to the ground.

    GM's report on the crash to California regulators said the car was operating in heavy traffic, when it saw a space between two vehicles in the left lane and began to merge. At the same time, a vehicle decelerated and the self-driving car stopped making the lane change and returned to the center lane.

    As the Cruise was re-centering itself, the motorcyclist that had just lane-split between two vehicles in the center and right lanes moved into the center lane, glanced the side of the Cruise, wobbled, and fell over, the report said. GM said a police report found Nilsson at fault for attempting to overtake and pass the Cruise, but Nilsson's lawyer said he was not issued a citation in the incident.

    Nilsson's suit said he "suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder and will require lengthy treatment" and was required to take disability leave.

    GM spokeswoman Jordana Strosberg confirmed in an email on Friday that both sides "mutually agreed to resolve" the lawsuit.

    Sergei Lemberg, a lawyer for Nilsson, declined to disclose any details "except to confirm that the case has resolved to my client's satisfaction."

    On Thursday, Japan's SoftBank Group Corp (SFTBF) said it would invest $2.25 billion in GM's autonomous vehicle unit Cruise, a deal that sent GM shares up nearly 13 percent.

    The move is one of the highest profile, largest investments to date in self-driving technology, an industry that could revolutionize transportation but faces engineering, safety and regulatory challenges.

    Of roughly 40 crashes involving self-driving vehicles reported to California regulators since January 2017, 33 involved GM Cruise vehicles, but none have been declared to be the fault of GM Cruise, California records show.

    GM vehicles in urban areas face more complex driving tasks than in suburbs.

    "While it seems crazy to test in an absurdly complex place like San Francisco, it's absolutely necessary," Cruise CEO Kyle Vogtwrote in an October blog post. "We believe it's the fastest way to achieve the level of performance and reliability needed to deploy self-driving cars at scale in a sustainable way."

    (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington, Editing byRosalba O'Brien)(c) Reuters 2018. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuters sphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group of companies around the world.

  • #2
    self driving cars....
    have we, as people, become that lazy that we cant even drive our own cars?
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    • #3
      I guess so Josh
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      • #4
        I keep reading about these self driving cars, and I keep thinking....I know Iím a dinosaur and all, but...

        I LIKE driving
        I LIKE the feel of cruising down a country road with the windows open and the tunes playing
        I LIKE the feel of a woman sliding across the bench seat and sitting next to me in my old pickup
        I LIKE the simple joys of feeling the turns as I HANDLE them

        Im probably preaching to the Choir, but when the hell are Folks gonna realize the world doesnít exist in their handheld cells and palm pilots and start living a real life again...surely we can take time enough to put em down and drive our own cars....

        Rant over....Iím gonna get on my bike and PILOT my own self down to the monthly HOG meeting and then lead some riders on a 2 lane northern reservoir loop - where (Hold on - this is kinda radical) we control and pilot our own bikes through a joyous 100 miles of twists and turns...HOLY CRAP - I hope we all survive! LOL
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        • #5
          I feel the same, I don't even like it when another human is driving. I like to be the one in control, however with the way some people drive with their heads up their asses maybe the auto drive isn't totally a bad thing? I dunno...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by elPrez View Post
            I feel the same, I don't even like it when another human is driving. I like to be the one in control, however with the way some people drive with their heads up their asses maybe the auto drive isn't totally a bad thing? I dunno...
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            • #7
              I ride know that cars want to hit me. I look at their mirrors to make eye contact as I approach them. Or I just look to see WTF they are doing. Texting, applying makeup, reading a book, etc. If I see a vehicle without someone behind a wheel....I don't know how I would react.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
                I ride know that cars want to hit me. I look at their mirrors to make eye contact as I approach them. Or I just look to see WTF they are doing. Texting, applying makeup, reading a book, etc. If I see a vehicle without someone behind a wheel....I don't know how I would react.

                Come on now Frank. Admit it. We all know that you aren't tall enough to see into a car.

                ​​​​​​Self driving cars shall be your salvation

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RoadKing View Post
                  Come on now Frank. Admit it. We all know that you aren't tall enough to see into a car.

                  ​​​​​​Self driving cars shall be your salvation








                  I can see parts of the steering wheel.

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