Cruise, General Motors’ automated robotaxi service, has announced the expansion of its services to riders over the age of 13 years old.
In a recent post to social media, Cruise stated that eligible riders can now bring along friends or family who are 13 years or older. However, it’s worth noting that minors are unable to create their own account, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
As a reminder, the Cruise Origin robotaxi was officially unveiled all the way back in January 2020. Since then, GM has been testing and developing the necessary technology through the use of Cruise AVs, which are actually modified Chevy Bolt EVs. In addition, Cruise has already logged more than 500,000 driverless miles.
Currently, Cruse is on track to achieve or surpass the $1 billion annual revenue threshold by 2025. In fact, Chief executive Kyle Vogt stated that Cruise operations are currently in the process of scaling up.
In the immediate future, Cruise’s focus is on getting Cruise Origin units into production. However, the GM self-driving subsidiary is currently awaiting NHTSA approval for both the manufacturing and deployment of a fully driverless vehicle with no human-usable steering wheel, brakes, or accelerator.
📣 You can now bring friends and family 13 years or older with you on driverless rides!
Minors can’t create their own accounts and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We can’t wait to see their first reactions so don’t forget to share with us! 😍
— cruise (@Cruise) April 21, 2023
Last year, GM Authority photographers captured a prototype of the Cruise Origin AV undergoing testing at the GM Proving Ground in July 2022. Notably, this particular unit had a human driver, indicating that it may have been testing the onboard steering, braking, and propulsion systems, and not the fully autonomous technology.