Automated vehicles go one step further. Cruise, backed by GM and Honda, has agreed to introduce autonomous taxis as a commercial service. This means that this method is not just another test, but despite some limitations is the real introduction of automotive vehicles on the streets.
Cars that are fully autonomously controlled are increasingly used on the road. However, these are not ordinary consumer cars (maximum 3 levels gain autonomy), but different types of buses or taxis, Level 4 can boast. Pony.ai has recently acquired the license to introduce autonomous taxis in China. , An autonomous bus operates in Edinburgh, which is only part of an ever-growing list. Cruise now merges with companies that can operate their autonomous cars on a commercial basis. It is a joint venture between GM and Honda. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a license to allow this taxi service to operate commercially.
Cruise launches first autonomous taxi service in an American city. This system obviously has some limitations, however, taxis can only operate on certain routes, at night and in good weather only.
Cruise has become the first and only company to operate a commercial, independent driverless driving service in a major American city. Cruise has been testing free driverless rides in San Francisco since February and can now offer paid rides.
Although the company was successful, it could not be said to be a fully autonomous function. A fleet of 30 autonomous cars can only pass through selected streets of San Francisco, in addition, only from 22:00 to 6:00 at night. Also, cars cannot travel at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km / h) and can only carry passengers in good weather.
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