All roads seem to lead to the self-driving car, and General Motors has made a significant step in revolutionizing standard transportation. To wit, GM-owned Cruise Automation have begun beta testing a ride-hailing app that allows users to be picked up by a self-driving car.
“Cruise Anywhere” is only available to Cruise Automation employees at the moment in San Francisco, according to TechCrunch, but it’s the first step before the technology reaches ride-sharing apps used by the masses.
“We’ve always said we’d launch first with a ride share application, and this is in line with that and just further evidence of that,” Cruise CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt told TechCrunch. “We’re really excited about how the technology is evolving, and the rate at which it’s evolving. This is a manifestation of that – putting the app in people’s hands and having them use it for the first time and make (autonomous vehicles) their primary form of transportation.”
Per California law, a “safety driver” remains in the front seat to observe the car’s behavior and ensure nothing goes awry. However, some GM employees have said the Cruise Anywhere app is their main form of transportation now.