GM (General Motors) and its self-driving car unit Cruise claim to commence testing of unmanned autonomous vehicles in San Francisco by the end of 2020 as per NBC News. On Thursday, the subsidiary acknowledged having received authorization from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that permits its autonomous vehicles to operate in the state without any reserve human driver at the wheel. In the past, the DMV has approved similar permits to Waymo and Amazon’s Zoox.
GM is not the first company to receive this permit. However, they will be the first to employ it on the streets of a major US city according to Cruise CEO Dan Ammann, who said this in a Medium post. The claim may infuriate Waymo and the residents of Phoenix. During the beginning of this month, the Alphabet subsidiary started opening up its Waymo One service to the city’s larger population.
Ammann added that this is where years of blood, sweat, and tears have been poured out by all on the Cruise mission. It’s where two million-plus miles of city testing will hit the road for the first time in reality. An electric car, self-driven and navigating one of the toughest driving cities in the world.
Cruise didn’t elaborate when it is going to allow regular riders to book its driverless cars. The previous year, the company postponed the rollout of its commercial self-driving service to give itself more time to conduct testing.