General Motors’ driverless vehicle division, Cruise, is currently operating a fleet of fully autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs in San Francisco, developing the tech needed to launch several new AV products in the near future. Cruise is also leveraging its fleet of AVs to provide local underserved communities with meal deliveries, with two million meals delivered thus far.
Back in 2020, Cruise formed two long-term partnerships with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and SF New Deal to address food insecurity in the local community, thus creating the Cruise for Good program. In the years since, the program has delivered two million meals and made 127,000 deliveries, 80 percent of which were to zip codes below the poverty line. And, given the Cruise AVs are battery-driven Chevy Bolt EVs powered by 100 percent renewable energy, it’s estimated that the program has offset 93 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
“Long-term partnership, deeply rooted in every city we’re in – that’s the Cruise for Good commitment,” Cruise states. “It is anchored by our pledge to dedicate at least one percent of our fleet to serving the needs of our local communities, and is a core example of how AVs can serve the public good.”
General Motors recently announced that it was increasing its investment in Cruise, buying out SoftBank Vision 1’s equity ownership stake for $2.1 billion, while also making an additional independent investment of $1.35 billion. Cruise also recently filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting approval for the production and deployment of its new autonomous taxi, Cruise Origin. Cruise Origin was unveiled in January of 2020, and will be produced at the GM Factory Zero facility in Michigan.
Additionally, Cruise recently received a permit in California to begin collecting fares from passengers that take a ride in the Chevy Bolt EV vehicles operating in San Francisco. Passengers were previously offered rides without charge.