Cruise is working alongside General Motors’ BrightDrop business to develop autonomous delivery vehicles.
Two GM-regulated companies are developing a self-driving system that could be used in electric vans, opening up the possibility of autonomous delivery vehicles, a new report says. Importantly, Cruise is still not considered prioritizing work with Brightdrop.
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Let the wise men know about it Auto News That cruise is going to dedicate the lion’s share of its assets to its ongoing robotics service which is currently offering free rides in San Francisco.
In a statement to the media, Brightdrop spokesman Daniel Roberts denied the possibility of ongoing work between them and Cruz, saying “there is no collaboration with Cruise to announce at this time, but we are always looking for new ways to create innovative and efficient. Brightdrop customers Delivery solution. “
Mary Barr, chief executive of General Motors, has big ambitions for both Cruz and Brightdrop. The carmaker plans to double its revenue to $ 280 billion by 2030 and expects $ 50 billion of that revenue to come from Cruise and $ 10 billion from Brightdrop.
The close relationship between Cruz and Brightdrop also comes months after Cruz’s former chief executive Dan Amman was ousted in December and GM bought shares of Cruz from Japanese investor Softbank Vision Fund. The carmaker now owns 80 percent of the cruise.
BrightDrop has already announced agreements with Walmart and FedEx, confirming that the former will purchase 5,000 units of the company’s EV600 and EV410 delivery vans to be used for Walmart’s Inhome delivery service. FedEx has also secured 2,500 electric delivery vans from BrightDrop and expects to add an additional 20,000 BrightDrop vans to its fleet in the future.