GM’s Cruise is now testing its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco

Cruise is testing self-driving cars in San Franciso using its own employees.

Cruise, a self-driving company owned by GM is now letting some of its employees to test their self-driving cars on the streets around San Francisco.

At the end of June (2017), one of my colleagues posted an article about Waymo that was launching a program called “Early rider”, which will allow free rides for the residents of Phoenix, Arizona, in the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans owned by the company.

The difference here is represented by the fact that Cruise is using its own employees to test these vehicles, and the employees are using an app installed on their smartphone to request the ride in the self-driving vehicle.

During the ride, the passengers are not alone inside the vehicle, a person is still in the driver’s seat to increase safety (similar to the Waymo program).

For the moment, the service is only available to 10% of Cruise’s San Francisco-based employees, but even so, the test fleet has given over 1000 rides by now in its self-driving vehicles.

Uber and Lyft are working today to combine self-driving cars and ridesharing, but Cruise doesn’t seem to be interested to operate its own rideshare service or make a partnership with another company.

The race that will bring self-driving cars to Americans is heating up, so we may see these amazing vehicles of the future on the streets much sooner than we thought.

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Magda Savin

I write about the renewable energy sector, electric cars and climate change issues.
I love nature and good food, so I travel all over the world to see new places and meet new people.
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