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GM-backed Cruise seeks final approval for robotaxis in San Francisco


Cruise Origin driverless shuttle


General MotorsCruise, a California-backed company is looking for final approval to start commercializing its robotaxi fleet at San Francisco.

According to self-driving cars startup, it has submitted Friday a permit for autonomous vehicle deployment at the California Public Utilities Commission. This is one of the six permits required by the CPCU or California DMV in order to start charging riders for their rides.

We don’t know how long it will take to review the application and approve. Cruise was first to submit a permit application. Recently, Cruise CEO Dan Ammann stated that the company plans to start commercialization next year, subject to regulatory approval.

Cruise may be the first taxi company without human drivers if it is approved. AlphabetWaymo is backed by the government has also received approvalCalifornia DMV will charge robotaxi rides but requires that a safety driver be present in order to deal with any problems.

The most current authorization allows cruise vehicles to operate on designated roads in San Francisco between 10 pm and 6 am, even in light rain, or fog. The DMV states that they can not exceed 30 mph.

It has proved more difficult to commercialize autonomous vehicles than people thought, even though Waymo and Cruise have been considered two of the leading contenders.

It was anticipated that Cruise will launch a ride hailing service in San Francisco for the general public in 2019 Cruise was expected to launch a ride-hailing service for the public in San Francisco in 2019. delayed those plansThat year will be used to further test and receive regulatory approvals.

General Motors Cruise Test Vehicles

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In June 2015, Cruise received its first DMV permit to drive self-driving cars. It has gradually expanded its testing areas and increased the number of vehicles in its fleet, while also obtaining more permits.

Cruise currently has Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles that are retrofitted in self-driving car software. Additional technologies include cameras, radars, and lidar which enable the vehicle to see its surroundings.

Cruise Origin will make up the next fleet of vehicles. It is a rectangle shuttle-like vehicle designed exclusively to drive itself. Ammann earlier this year stated that GM would begin making the Origin. Cruise in early 2023.

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