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GM in autonomous prang, motorcyclist pushing for precedent

Motorcyclist Oscar Nilsson is claiming that he was struck by one of GM’s autonomous Cruise test cars, and is suing the company. This case could act as an important legal benchmark for future autonomous vehicle collisions – although police think Nilsson intentionally crashed into the Cruise. GM will be treading carefully. A backup human driver was present in the vehicle but couldn’t avoid the crash. The accident happened in San Francisco in heavy traffic. The lawsuit argues that the Cruise test vehicle ‘suddenly veered back into Nilsson’s lane striking him off his bike to the ground.’ The incident occurred at relatively low speeds, with the Cruise test vehicle driving at 12 mph and the motorcycle traveling at 17 mph –…

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