California Approves Pilot Program For Driverless Rides : NPR

Cruise, a self-driving car service based in San Francisco, received driverless vehicle approval for the state’s autonomous vehicle pilot program. Cruise, LLC hide caption

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Cruise, a self-driving car service based in San Francisco, received driverless vehicle approval for the state’s autonomous vehicle pilot program.

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The California Public Utilities Commission announced Friday that Cruise, a self-driving car service based in San Francisco, has been authorized to participate in the state’s first pilot program to offer driverless driving services to the public.

The company is not allowed to bill passengers for journeys.

Eight companies have licenses to test driverless vehicles in California, but Cruise is the only company licensed to drive passengers without a safety driver on board. However, the vehicles must still have a connection to a remote security operator.

Cruise says its autonomous cars so far have more than 2 million miles drove in California. The company also operates more than 300 fully electric autonomous vehicles in San Francisco and Phoenix.

cruise was acquired by General Motors in 2016 and had major investments from Softbank, Honda, T. Rowe Price, Microsoft and Walmart.

Many vehicles on the roads today already have some degree of automation technology, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration subdivides different levels.

Despite the rise of automated vehicle technology, a January survey by the American Automobile Association found that most motorists are reluctant to get into a self-driving car. The Study suggests that only 14% of drivers trust a car, 54% are too afraid to try it, and the remaining 32% are unsure.

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