Cruise, a company specializing in autonomous vehicles, doesn`t envision the launch of small-scale pilots. They also declined to launch a ride-hailing pilot with drivers in the car.
After spending some time this week outlining its program of deploying self-driving, it has now turned out that one of Cruise Self`s approaches is how it’s different from its competitors. Cruise is a company focused on building an autonomous vehicle network to safely connect people with places and experiences.
According to co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt, the company is not planning to focus on small-scale pilots. The company said this during a press briefing before cruise self-driving car. Also, it was stated that they are not going to launch ride-hailing pilot where there are still drivers in the car.
While they did not say this directly, it’s difficult to refer this comments as an oblique reference to rival Waymo. This is because, early this year, it started a limited public pilot of driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Although they began with drivers on board they are soon moving to a completely driverless pilot. Even when Cruise has prepared to launch fully, it says that this will only happen once it has achieved its safety standard measures and can offer reliable services. This is according to Dan Ammann, GM President. This is not going to start in sparsely or small populated cities. They said that this could be another achievement for Wymoo which is hell-bent to use Arizona city as its initial market.
The main aim of this service is to eventually maximize its impact and come up with something that will eventually affect the people’s lives. This is according to Vogt. For this to happen, they first need to launch in big markets where electric vehicles and ride-hailing available in significant numbers will make serious impact thereby reducing the traffic fatalities and ecological impacts due to lower emissions. This means when all conditions remain constant cruise is determined to deploy these vehicles. But when can we expect to witness some of these milestones, when do we expect to see completely driverless vehicles on the roads?
According to Vogt, this can only take place when they start manufacturing their 3rd generation vehicles including all the required redundancy to ensure that human redundancy is just luxury. Although a few of those vehicles are already on the roads, it means that this might happen sooner than expected. According to Vogt, fully driverless vehicles testing will definitely be the plan for the third generation platform right in time.
It has currently mapped out approximately five square miles of New York and has plans to deploy its cars early next year in this part of the city. By early next year, it’s planning to boost its fleet to around 1 million miles per year. It also plans to do these in all the markets that have been tested.