General Motors continues to pursue the development of fully autonomous driving technology, with its driverless tech division, Cruise, now deploying fully autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs on the streets of San Francisco. Critically, the public can now take a ride in the new AVs, as seen in the following video.
The video is two minutes long, and features members of the public as they experience a ride in the fully autonomous Chevy Bolt EV. The passengers are located on the rear bench seat as the car drives itself through the San Francisco streets, all without a human pilot onboard.
The passengers can see their route on their smartphone, while the car itself pulls up and drives away without any external inputs. Notably, Cruise maintains multiple autonomous vehicles around the California city, each of which has its own name, such as Matcha, Crepe, Scampi, Flamenco, and Tostada.
“It was pretty surreal to see the car drive up and have no one inside,” said one passenger.
“The car drove better than most of the drivers I’ve been in the back of a car with before,” said another. “And yet there was nobody there.”
Several of the passengers took out there smartphones to snap a few pictures as the autonomous Cruise Bolt EV navigated through the streets. Other passengers were impressed that the vehicle slowed down over speed bumps and deftly maneuvered around parked trucks blocking part of the street.
Check it out for yourself right here:
General Motors unveiled the Cruise Origin, its first-ever production-ready autonomous vehicle, back in January of 2020. Cruise Origin will serve as the automaker’s new driverless ride-sharing service. Cruise recently applied for a permit to begin charging passengers for rides in the driverless Bolts plying the roadways of San Francisco.