The Cruise Automation Chevrolet Bolts have been tooling around under autonomous control for quite some time now out in San Francisco without incident.
Well, there was the rear-ended Bolt, but that was the fault of a drive of another car and in no way was it caused by the autonomous Bolt. And that 3-vehicle incident too. But again, the Bolt was a victim and not the cause of the crash.
So, to date it seems the Cruise Bolts are performing remarkably well, but what happens when a small animal, such as a raccoon, decides to put the autonomous Bolt to the test? Well, the result is that the Bolt is animal-friendly, so much so that it slows to allow the coon to cross the road.
You can check that out and much more in the two videos posted here.
What we find really impressive is how the Bolt deals with pedestrians, cyclists and some odd parking jobs.
Video description (above):
One of the many random trips through San Francisco that our AVs run nightly. Five scheduled stops, zero driver intervention, and one raccoon. This video is sped up 10x the original footage.
Video description (below):
One of the many random trips through San Francisco that our AVs run nightly. Five scheduled stops, zero driver intervention, and one raccoon. This video is sped up 4x the original footage.