In the September 13, 2021, issue of AGREEN1, we explained that Cruise EVs were looking to become a fleet of ride-hail, driverless (autonomous vehicles: AVs) taxis. On June 2, Cruise received the first-ever Driverless Deployment Permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to charge for driverless rides in San Francisco, marking the start of a commercial business for the AV manufacturer. The permit also makes Cruise the first and only company to operate a commercial, driverless robotaxi service in a major U.S. city.
The company will start rolling out its rides gradually to operate from 10 PM to 6 AM on “select streets” in San Francisco. Cruise expects its solar-powered, all-electric AVs to help save lives while saving people time and money. Are you ready to give it a try?