As Cruise advances to the final testing phase, their driverless Chevrolet Bolts in downtown Dallas will soon be without a human supervisor, paving the way for public deployment, according to a Dallas Morning News article which says,
“If you’ve been in downtown Dallas this summer, you’ve likely spotted the Cruise-emblazoned Chevrolet Bolts tooling along city streets with a driver at the wheel. The car was driving itself and the human was there to supervise.
You’ll now start seeing them without a driver, but with the self-driving technology company’s employees and a small cohort of friends and family along for the ride.
Cruise, the San Francisco company backed by General Motors, is moving to its final stage of testing before launching its fully automated ride-hailing service to the public.”
After launching in Austin last December, Cruise’s robotaxi service has covered nearly 2 million driverless miles in multiple cities, including Dallas, where 400 robotaxis are now operational, according to a Dallas Innovates article. They say,
“Cruise launched its robotaxi service to public riders in Austin last December. In May, it said it had already driven nearly 2 million “driverless miles” in San Francisco, Austin, and Phoenix. The company also recently entered the Houston market.
A Cruise spokesperson told Dallas Innovates the company has a total of 400 robotaxis operating across those markets, including the vehicles now rolling in Dallas.”
While San Francisco served as an initial test site for Cruise, the company faced criticism for traffic issues and collisions. Cruise defended its vehicles, rejecting blame for incidents.