Cruise’s driverless autonomous cars start offering rides to paying passengers – Meczyki.Net

The era of commercial autonomous robottaxi service is here – as of late Wednesday Cruise officially became the first company in a major city to offer fair rides to the general public. The milestone came after Cruise received official approval for driverless operations in a commercial capacity from the California Public Utilities Commission in early June.

Initially, Cruise’s driverless autonomous offering will operate only between 10 pm and 6 am and only on designated city roads. But the limits are part of a plan by regulators and the company to prove the safety and efficacy of its systems before deploying them to more locations over time. The new operating window increases its total active time to 1.5 hours from what it was already offering the free driverless test pilot service between June of last year and the start of this paid service.

It looks like Cruise is still a long way away from making this offering available, looking forward to traveling with a robotic driver to San Francisco, but it’s still a big step towards a future where AV Crawl on the streets in big cities. payment of rent.