Self-driving company Cruise has worked tirelessly to bring its self-driving taxi service to the public, and now it’s finally happening. This week, Cruise received a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and can charge actual customers for self-driving rideshares.
While the GM-backed Cruise received limited approval to continue testing the service in February, along with Waymo, this most recent approval changed everything. Cruise says it is now the “first and only company to operate a commercial, driverless, private transportation service in a major US city.”
The company initially wanted to launch its service by 2019, which obviously didn’t happen, but now if you live in San Francisco, you can give it a try. There are still limits, yes, but it’s a start.
According to Cruise, it will operate 30 all-electric vehicles between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on permitted roads throughout San Francisco. However, inclement weather such as heavy rain, fog, smoke, or snow will cause service to stop until conditions improve.
As long as you’re at an eligible location during business hours, you’ll be able to call the self-driving taxi, pay for the ride, and take a ride. It looks like the company will gradually roll out trips to specific areas over the next few weeks, ensuring the process goes smoothly.
This is essential for self-driving rideshare services, but it’s important to remember that it’s only available in a city during select hours in optimal weather conditions. On the other hand, those limits may be removed in the future as technology improves. Give it a try by signing up on the Cruise website.
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