The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has just given permission to Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving car company, to test its autonomous vehicles without anyone in the driver’s seat. This will happen on public roads in California. So another important step to test driverless cars.
California has granted driverless testing permits to 60 companies, reports The Verge. But Cruise is only the fifth to be allowed to test cars that are completely empty. With permission in hand, Cruise hopes to be the first to test a driverless car on the streets of San Francisco.
Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise, said in a blog post that the company may not have been the first to get approval to test cars without a driver, but he intends to be the first to test cars without a driver. in San Francisco.
“Before the end of the year, we will send cars through the streets of San Francisco – no gas and no one behind the wheel,” Cruise CEO Dan Ammann wrote on a blog company’s. “Because getting the driver safe is the real benchmark of a self-driving car and because burning fossil fuels is not a way to build the future of transportation,” he added.
A Cruise spokesman declined to clarify to The Verge whether he would put anyone in the passenger seat, just in case, or whether the company would track its driverless vehicles through San Francisco while testing.
But the DMV imposed some rules of its own – such as only approving tests on certain streets and a speed limit of 30 MPH.
Cruise has not yet publicly demonstrated its full driverless vehicles, unlike rival Waymo, which just last week announced it would make its full driverless driver service in Phoenix, Arizona available to more customers.