Back in August, GM autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise introduced us to its first-ever “Spokesvehicle” – a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV nicknamed Poppy. Now, Cruise has just announced a contest to name its upcoming fleet of AVs.
“Our beloved spokesvehicle Poppy is about to get a bunch of new friends and now we need your help naming them,” Cruise posted on both its Facebook and Instagram feeds on November 2nd. “Comment your best rock, gem, and mineral-themed names below for your chance to name our newest AVs!”
Cruise says five years of “nonstop driving” has made Poppy “a local’s local” on San Francisco streets, giving her in-depth knowledge of the vibrant West Coast city as she attempts to navigate San Francisco’s busy, congested streets all while recording important data and relaying it back to Cruise engineers.
After all that testing, the company is now poised to launch a whole fleet of AVs.
Last year, Cruise used AVs like Poppy to deliver meals to some of San Francisco’s less fortunate residents last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cruise is currently testing pre-production prototype examples of its Cruise Origin robotaxi at GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The Origin is expected to enter production at the Factory Zero plant next year and will be deployed on public streets shortly thereafter. The Origin will enable Cruise to launch a ride-hailing service akin to Uber or Lyft, giving customers the ability to call up a driverless robotaxi using a smartphone app.