Self-driving car involved in collision with bicyclist in San Francisco

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx views a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Foxx said Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also will develop a model policy for states to follow if they decide to allow autonomous cars on public roads. That policy — which will be developed within six months — could help form the basis of a consistent national policy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A self-driving car was involved in a collision with a bicyclist in San Francisco in May, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The bicyclist suffered minor injuries in the crash. It happened in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

The collision, which the DMV reported as part of its tracking program for autonomous vehicles, involved a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV equipped with autonomous driving technology driving on May 25.

The collision occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. when the vehicle, which was driving north on 11th Street, made a left turn onto Mission Street in the outer of two turn lanes.

When a vehicle in the inner turn lane began to cut in front of the Bolt, it braked, causing a bicyclist who had been crossing closely behind to ride into the rear of the vehicle.

The vehicle’s occupant reported that the bicyclist suffered a scraped knee and expressed an intention to seek medical attention, but police and paramedics were not called to the scene.

The vehicle suffered a minor scratch in the collision and the bicycle was not damaged, according to the DMV report.

The DMV requires companies to obtain permits before testing autonomous vehicles in California and tracks data including collisions, making that information publicly available.

General Motors has been testing Bolt EV prototypes equipped with autonomous driving technology in cities including San Francisco since last year.

The vehicles have been involved in three other collisions in San Francisco so far this year, one of which resulted in a minor injury.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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