Cruise Automation recently announced Cruise Origin, a fully autonomous robotic taxi. The General Motors subsidiary has been hard at work developing Origin as GM’s first truly driverless car, and now, we have our first official details. The question is – are you now more confident in Cruise’s efforts to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to market?
In case you’re out of the loop, General Motors has invested heavily into Cruise Automation with the intention of creating a fleet of all-electric driverless cars. The autonomous vehicles will be used as “robot taxis,” ferrying passengers to and fro, all without a human pilot.
Cruise’s recent announcement included details on the look and design of the new driverless car, as well as a few photographs of what it looks like. With exterior sizing akin to a traditional crossover, Origin has a boxy body and two-tone color, with ingress and egress enabled via two sliding doors that part down the center.
The interior is spacious, with two bench seats in place for passengers, plus screens mounted to the ceiling that relay info to those on board, such as the trip itinerary.
Indeed, General Motors has invested quite a bit of money into Cruise Automation to help make Origin a reality. Back in 2018, GM earmarked $1 billion for the company, and is now spending $300 million per quarter (or $1.2 billion per year) to bring the driverless car technology and robotic taxi to market.
Prior to the announcement of Origin, the idea of a completely autonomous taxi service was little more than an interesting idea. Now, however, it looks like Origin is primed to actually become a reality.
The question is, does the announcement make you, the reader, any more confident about the idea? Is this a solid product, or do you have your doubts?