As of late Thursday, Cruise became the first company to win charging permits from customers in San Francisco, California for self-driving cars.
The company says it will gradually start rolling out hired rides, gradually expanding for the simplest customer service experience possible. Although the company previously operated in San Francisco, it is now only allowed to charge for the ride.
“Crossing the threshold in commercial activity is not big news for Cruise alone,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This is a major milestone in the AV industry’s shared mission to improve the lives of our cities.”
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According to Reuters, the company will bring about 30 of its vehicles, a version of the Chevrolet Bolt that will be equipped with self-driving gear. The vehicles were previously ridden by GM CEO Mary Bara and others
The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has created and issued permits due to objections from some San Francisco city officials. The commission argued that it was “adopting a cautious, growing approach” to vehicle control and would continue to collect vital information.
In fact, vehicles will be restricted to a maximum speed of 30 miles (48 km / h), will not be allowed to drive in the city center or on the highway, and will not be allowed to drive between 6am and 10pm. Refrain from
City of San Francisco officials and firefighters, however, objected to the measure, citing bizarre behavior. Just a few days ago, there were reports of a cruise vehicle blocking the progress of a fire truck on its way to an emergency.
Documents obtained by Reuters, meanwhile, indicate that cruise vehicles have suffered 34 crashes in the four years ending May 2021, including physical damage or more than $ 1,000 in damage.
More recently, however, the company’s vehicles have been involved in incidents that are more bizarre than harmful. Although it is difficult to respond to unusual behavior, even San Francisco city officials who opposed the permit acknowledged that “driverless cruise AV generally appears to act as a vigilant and loyal defensive driver.”
In addition to being celebrated by Cruz, the decision to grant the permit was supported by business and disability groups.