Starting this week, the first General Motors self-driving technology unit vehicles without a driver in the driver’s seat are running in test operation in San Francisco. A few weeks ago, the company received approval from the California Department of Transportation DMV to operate 25 of its vehicles in San Francisco without the previously required safety drivers and announced back then that it would begin testing before the end of the year.
GM Cruise joins the ranks of several other manufacturers who operate driverless fleets (without security drivers) partly in test operation, partly already commercially. Among the latter is Waymo with its robotic taxi service Waymo One, among the former AutoX (in Shenzhen) or Nuro with delivery robots.
Here is a video of the first ride of a driverless GM Cruise vehicle in San Francisco:
This article was also published in German.