Cruise gets green light to test fully driverless cars in California
Cruise, the standalone company owned by General Motors, has been licensed to test its driverless cars on public roads in California. company says it plans to test driverless human safety driving vehicles before the end of 2020.
Cruise is the fifth to receive a driverless license from the department State Motor Vehicles, the others being Waymo, Nuro, Zoox and AutoX. Currently, 60 companies have an active license to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driver in California.
Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise, said in a blog post that the company may not have been the first to receive a driverless license, but he intends to be the first to test full cars.nt driverless in San Francisco.
"Before the end of the year, we will send cars to the streets of SF - no gasoline and no one behind the wheel "
" Before the end of the year, we will send cars to the streets of SF - without gasoline and no one behind the wheel, "Ammann said." Because removing the driver safely is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is not a way to build the future of transport. " (The cruise vehicle fleet is made up of 200 electric Chevy Bolts.)
A spokesperson could not tell if a safety driver would remain in the vehicle's passenger seat during testing, or whether Cruise would use chase vehicles to track his driverless cars. These details, along with the service area of the Geographic Barrier at Cruise in San Francisco (the invisible walls that dictate where the vehicle can operate), have yet to be announced, she said.
But the DMV license has its own restrictions. Cruise will be licensed to test "five autonomous self-driving vehicles on specified streets in San Francisco," the agency said. "The vehicles are designed to be used on roads with posted speed limits not exceeding 30 miles per hour, at all times of the day and night, but will not be tested in heavy fog or heavy rain. "
A spokesperson for the DMV did not immediately respond to a question about the streets in which Cruise's vehicles will be confined. Companies that receive these driverless licenses must provide proof of insurance or a deposit equal to $ 5 million and follow several other rules, such as training operators to remote.nce on technology.
Cruise has yet to publicly demonstrate its fully driverless vehicles, unlike rival Waymo, who announced last week that it would upgrade its driverless phone service to Phoenix, Arizona available to more customers.
Cruise also does not allow non-employees to board its vehicles. The company had planned to launch an autonomous public taxi service in 2019, but did not do so. Cruise has yet to set a new date for the start of its public robotaxi service.
The California license arrived ahead of the federal government's one, which assesses a separate request from Cruise to deploy a fleet of Chevy Bolt vehicles entirely driverless, steering wheel and pedal-less. In 2019, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will seek public comment and conduct a review , but has yet to final decision rendering.
Last year, Cruise unveiled the Cruise Origin, a completely driverless vehicle prototype without a steering wheel, pedals, or any typically associated controls The vehicle, which will go into production at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, is built to be shared by multiple passengers - though it remains to be seen how much fuel there is. appetite for shared vehicles in a post-COVID world.