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Dow Jones Newswires: GM’s self-driving unit Cruise denies NHTSA investigation following reports

Cruise, General Motor Co.’s

driverless-car division, denied that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating a crash involving one of its self-driving cars following reports on the matter.

“NHTSA has not opened a formal investigation into Cruise for this or any other incident. An office within the agency has collected routine information, which we have provided,” Cruise said Thursday in an emailed statement.

CNBC on Thursday reported that the NHTSA will investigate a crash last month in which a vehicle struck a self-driving car from Cruise. A Toyota Prius was traveling about 40 mph in a 20 mph speed zone when it struck the Cruise vehicle, according to a report filed by Cruise Vice President of Global Markets Todd Brugger, CNBC reported. The Cruise vehicle was in “autonomous mode” at the time of the crash, the report said.

The NHTSA, part of the Department of Transportation, confirmed the investigation but declined to offer other details, CNBC reported. The NHTSA didn’t respond to a request for comment from Dow Jones Newswires.

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