The General Motors (GM) robotaxi unit, Cruise, has announced that it will expand to two Texas metro areas in the coming weeks.
Autonomous driving technology is quickly becoming a top development priority for many automakers, especially as Tesla continues to widen its lead in the sector. GM’s autonomous driving unit, Cruise, not only operates as an in-house testing lab for its upcoming technology but also as a standalone robotaxi operator, which hopes to take the ride-hailing sector by storm. Now, Cruise has announced yet another expansion in service, coming to Houston and Dallas later this year.
The announcement of the service expansion was made by the Cruise CEO on Twitter this morning, indicating that Dallas and Houston would be recieving robotaxi service in the coming weeks. Though it should be noted due to regulatory hurdles, robotaxis, for the time being, will need to have human operators watch over the driving until Cruise can receive the appropriate licensing.
I am excited to announce @Cruise will go live in Houston and Dallas in the next few months!
Supervised autonomous driving will start in Houston in a few days, with Dallas to follow soon after.
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) May 10, 2023
According to the Cruise website, the GM robotaxi operator already serves three metro areas, including San Francisco, Austin, and Phoenix, though San Francisco remains its top market.
Despite Cruise establishing itself so quickly in the heart of Silicon Valley, it has not exactly been accepted by the local community and government leaders. City officials in San Francisco have recently slowed their adoption of the robotaxi service after numerous safety issues plagued the company’s service, including one Cruise vehicle running into a public bus and two other Cruise vehicles getting trapped within an area with downed electric lines.
With GM growing the operating area of Cruise, it helps the autonomous vehicle wing work toward profitability and increases the number of testing environments it has access to. Cruise has long been a top incubator for autonomous technology for the General, and with these service expansions, it will be able to deliver more breakthroughs than ever.
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