Cruise prepares to test self-driving carsOctober 16, 2020
Cruise will begin testing autonomous vehicles without drivers in San Francisco by the end of the year. This big step forward was announced by CEO Dan Ammann.
The day before, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit allowing Cruise to test autonomous electric vehicles on the streets of San Francisco without drivers. According to Ammann, Cruise will be the first company to begin such testing on the streets of a major city experiencing the epicenter of the “transport crisis”. According to the head, accidents, pollution and congestion often occur in such cities, and all these problems can be solved with the help of autonomous electric vehicles.
The move will also help pave the way for Cruise Origin, which was unveiled earlier this year. It is a purpose-built autonomous vehicle with a spacious interior that lacks traditional controls such as steering wheel and pedals. The model is planned to be launched in series in 2022.
Ammann noted that “the pandemic has caused American road deaths to rise to the highest level in 15 years,” as the reduced traffic makes people drive “like crazy.” In addition, the townspeople are buying up cars en masse, which, in the end, will only worsen traffic and the situation with congestion.
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