Cruise Automation COO Dan Kan (left to right), Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt and General Motors President Dan Ammann Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Cruise Automation offices in San Francisco, California.
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Cruise, a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors, plans to start testing unmanned autonomous vehicles by the end of this year in San Francisco.
The company said Thursday it had received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to remove human emergency drivers from its self-driving cars.
“Before the end of the year, we’ll be sending cars to the streets of SF – with no gasoline and no one behind the wheel,” Cruise CEO Dan Ammann wrote in a Medium article. “Because safely removing the driver is the real benchmark of an autonomous car, and because burning fossil fuels is not a way to build the future of transportation.”
Cruise isn’t the first company to receive such approval, but it is an important step in taking Cruise’s private fleet to the public level without having drivers – a company goal.
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