Autonomous vehicle testing has not come without risks. Crashes involving vehicles operating entirely or in part by automated systems, Tesla Inc. and Uber Technologies among them, have posed concerns as the technology quickly develops.
To prevent human error such as exhaustion and boredom in autonomous vehicles while testing, Cruise:
- Mandates trainer breaks
- Restricts the number of hours trainers are on the road with self-driving vehicles
- Selects routes to allow trainers to complete test drives within their shifts
A GM spokesperson told Automotive News there were no further details to share regarding the specific number of hours trainers are on the road.