On Monday, self-driving car company General Motors announced plans to expand a robotic taxi service it recently launched in California to new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year.
Cruise, a San Francisco-based startup that General Motors bought six years ago, told an audience at an investor conference that the autonomous taxi service, which began charging San Francisco passengers in June, would debut in Phoenix and Austin, Texas, within next year. 90 days.
As has already been done in parts of San Francisco at night, the Cruise taxi service will carry passengers in vehicles that don’t have a safety driver to take over if the robotic technology fails. Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt did not provide further details about taxi services in Phoenix and Austin.
When its taxi service enters Phoenix, Cruise will compete with another robotic taxi service run by Waymo, a Google subsidiary that already charges passengers. Waymo is also testing a robotic taxi service in San Francisco, which has not yet been cleared to charge passengers.
Although Vogt told investors that San Francisco’s driverless taxi service was attracting many loyal customers, Cruise ran into trouble the day after getting approval from California regulators to start collecting tolls.
In an official announcement earlier this month, Cruise said it had recalled 80 of its self-driving vehicles for a software update after one of the vehicles was involved in an accident that resulted in minor injuries.
Cruz told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that one of his cars was making an unprotected left turn at an intersection when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. According to a statement from regulators, the Cruise vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
Copyright 2022 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.
Was this article valuable?
Here are some more articles you might like.
Do you want to be in the know?
Get the latest insurance news
sent directly to your inbox.