Cruise Receives California’s First Driverless Robot Taxi Permit

Cruise Receives California’s First Driverless Robot Taxi Permit

June 14, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Automotive startup Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, is the first autopilot developer to receive full certification to deploy a robotic taxi service in California. Local regulators reviewed GM software and hardware and confirmed the safety of self-driving cars. Cruise will now be able to launch a commercial robotic taxi service in the United States without an insurance driver.

“To launch commercial passenger services here in California, you will need permission from both the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Today we are the first to receive all permits for autonomous customer service without driver-operators, ”Cruise’s director of government relations, Prasanthi Raman, told TechCrunch.

Both departments – DMV and CPUC – are responsible for the implementation of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The DMV regulates vehicle testing – with and without drivers. Leading companies – AutoX, Waymo, Zoox, Pony.ai and many others – have already received DMV certification for their driverless solutions. At the same time, CPUC regulates services for private consumers – the department sets safety requirements for passengers of unmanned vehicles. Some developers own licenses from CPUC, but only for services with driver-operators who insure cars.

At the same time, no one has been able to combine both licenses, as well as to obtain additional permission to refuse the safety net – Cruise became the first. The company has not yet disclosed details about its service, but it is already known that at first the Cruise robotaxi will be completely free for a limited number of users. Engineers will check the autopilot performance before each ride, and at the end of each month, Cruise will compile detailed reports of all rides and send them to regulators.

“Autonomous vehicles can transform our transportation system and society by addressing individual mobility needs, improving road safety and speeding up the movement of goods across the state. The efficient deployment of self-driving cars is also transforming manufacturing and service business models to create new jobs in California, ”added Genevieve Shiroma, CPUC Commissioner.

Both departments – DMV and CPUC – are responsible for the implementation of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The DMV regulates vehicle testing – with and without drivers. Leading companies – AutoX, Waymo, Zoox, Pony.ai and many others – have already received DMV certification for their driverless solutions. At the same time, CPUC regulates services for private consumers – the department sets safety requirements for passengers of unmanned vehicles. Some developers own licenses from CPUC, but only for services with driver-operators who insure cars.

At the same time, no one has been able to combine both licenses, as well as to obtain additional permission to refuse the safety net – Cruise became the first. The company has not yet disclosed details about its service, but it is already known that at first the Cruise robotaxi will be completely free for a limited number of users. Engineers will check the autopilot performance before each ride, and at the end of each month, Cruise will compile detailed reports of all rides and send them to regulators.

“Autonomous vehicles can transform our transportation system and society by addressing individual mobility needs, improving road safety and speeding up the movement of goods across the state. The efficient deployment of self-driving cars is also transforming manufacturing and service business models to create new jobs in California, ”added Genevieve Shiroma, CPUC Commissioner.