Cruise has been licensed to provide self-driving taxi transportation on the streets of the US city of San Francisco. The difference with such services previously offered in the US is that Cruise’s vehicles do not even have an employee on board to intervene in case of an emergency.
Cruise, which is funded by General Motors, has been licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission to deploy the service. Although the fact that there will be no ‘safety drivers’ on board is a new step in the rollout of self-driving taxis, there are conditions attached to Cruise’s activities.
Do not drive in bad weather For example, the company is allowed to have a maximum of thirty autonomous taxis on the road and the crowds in the Bay Area are emphatically avoided. Cruise may only offer rides between PM and 6 AM in the out-of-town neighborhoods. In heavy rain, hail, sleet or fog or other bad conditions, the self-driving taxis are not allowed on the road. And sharing the vehicles with strangers is not allowed; people are only allowed to travel together in the taxi if they belong to the same group.
Roll out gradually Cruise yourself lightly in a blog titled ‘We’re going commercial’, which means ‘We’re going commercial’. The permit marks the turning point for the company between development and testing on the one hand and offering paid transport with self-driving taxis on the other. That is not to say that Cruise immediately pushes the limits of what the permit allows. The service will be rolled out gradually, with a pleasant experience for customers as the starting point.
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