Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Rear-Ended, However Bolt Found Not At Fault

8 months ago by Eric Loveday 16

Chevrolet Bolt EV With Cruise Automation Tech

The first wreck involving an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt has been reported.

The incident occurred back on February 16, but is just now being made public.

Autonomous Chevy Bolt EV out testing in San Francisco (via Glenn L)

The Bolt in question is one of the General Motors’ Cruise Automation car and the accident occurred in San Francisco where testing of these autonomous Bolts has been underway for a couple of months now.

As SF Gate reports:

“The accident, according to a report by the California DMV, which by state law collects accident reports that must be filed when self-driving cars crash, occurred Feb. 16 in the 1100 block of Golden Gate Avenue.”

“As the Bolt slowed, then stopped for blinking yellow lights and a crosswalk at the intersection with Buchanan Street just before 9 a.m., a Toyota Highlander behind it followed suit, according to the report.”

“A Subaru behind the Highlander failed to stop and rammed into the back of the Toyota, which lurched forward into the autonomous Bolt, according to the report.”

The occupants of both the Bolt and Highlander reported no injuries. However, the driver of the Subaru had some knee pain following the collision. All vehicle suffered minor damage.

Hat tip to WR Voltec!

Source: SF Gate

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16 responses to "Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Rear-Ended, However Bolt Found Not At Fault"

  1. Kdawg says:

    How fast does a Subaru have to go to shove a Highlander into another car?

    1. Nick says:

      Kinetic energy == .5mv^2

      Note the square of the speed in that formula. Mass matters less and less when you pour on the speed.

      1. Michael Morgan says:

        Shouldn’t you have labeled the equation as ‘Kinetic energy transferred’ (by collision) ?

    2. Kevin W says:

      Conservation of energy is a poor method to consider in a case such as this since it’s not a perfectly elastic collision. You should rather use conservation of momentum which still applies.

  2. ANewHope says:

    I thought to myself sloppy reporting, mixing manufacturers and model of vehicle, you know be consistent. Didn’t these people grow up watching sesame street? Which one of these things does not belong: Bolt, Highlander, Subaru?

    So out of curiosity i went to the actual DMV report, and go figure that is what it said…

  3. Nix says:

    The only thing of interest in this story, is whether or not the Bolt knew it had been rear-ended, and parked itself? How do fully autonomous cars react in these cases?

    1. HotPotato says:

      Exactly! That’s the only thing of interest here, and not a peep about it.

  4. MTN Ranger says:

    How high are the odds that the Subaru driver was texting? Was it a WRX making those wrecks?

  5. Koenigsegg says:

    The guy in the Bolt was texting

  6. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I thought the Subaru has AEB or Mobile Eye….

    Must be an older model then.

  7. Steve says:

    There needs to be a new rear bumper sticker:

    “I BRAKE FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS”

  8. Aaron says:

    “All vehicle suffered minor damage.”

    How about all VEHICLES suffered minor damage.

  9. Mike I says:

    Yep, Putin and his agents are determined to derail EVs.

  10. TrueFire says:

    I think the problem is more social than technical and I am not joking when I say this. Having driven in SF many times, I believe hat in the driver’s (following the Bolt) minds, i was inconceivable that anyone would actually stop at a yellow light. In SF, “yellow means hit the pedal. It the driver that can stop before hitting the cross-walk on the red that actually ends the traffic flow.

    There is a gap between how should interact with humans, and how things really interact with humans.

    EXAMPLE: In theory a trolly car comes to a stop and picks up all passengers and then pulls away anding the event. In reality, when pulling away, a late arriving customer may run after the car and grab a bar and leap on to the moving trolly. Theory VS. reality

    1. JP White says:

      I think you missed the bit where they spoke of a *blinking* yellow light. Where I come from, blinking yellow means proceed with caution, not hammer down.

  11. TrueFire says:

    I think the problem is more social than technical, and I am not joking when I say this. Having driven in SF many times, I believe that in the driver’s (following the Bolt) minds, it was inconceivable that anyone would actually stop at a yellow light. In SF, “yellow” means hit the gas pedal. It is the driver who can stop before hitting the cross-walk on the red light that actually ends the traffic flow.

    There is a gap between how should interact with humans, and how things really do interact with humans.

    EXAMPLE: In theory a trolly car comes to a stop and picks up all passengers and then pulls awa,y ending the event. In reality, when pulling away, a late arriving customer may run after the trolly and grab a bar and leap on to the moving trolly. Theory VS. reality