GM’s automated robotaxi service, Cruise, recently hit the 1,000,000 driverless miles milestone on February 2023. Now, the all-electric ride-sharing platform announced having already reached 1.5 million driverless miles.
This is quite the impressive feat, especially when considering the timeline. It took Cruise 15 months to rack up 1,000,000 driverless miles, yet only 90 days to reach 1.5 million driverless miles. Currently, Cruise is completing more than 1,000 driverless trips every day, with 240 units running concurrently. So, it’s likely that this exponential growth will continue for some time.
In light of this uptick in driverless miles, Cruise Chief Executive Kyle Vogt recently said that the company is on track to achieve or surpass the $1 billion annual revenue threshold by 2025, while operations are currently being scaled up. For now, though, GM’s self-driving subsidiary is focused on the production of Cruise Origin units, as currently, Cruise is awaiting NHTSA approval for both the manufacturing and deployment of a vehicle with no steering wheel, brakes, or accelerator.
In other recent Cruise news, the automated robotaxi service is now open to riders who are 13 years or older. So long as said minor is accompanied by an adult – because minors are unable to create their own Cruise accounts – they are now able to partake in the all-electric ride-sharing service.
While posting very positive developments as of late, the expansion of the company hasn’t been without some growing pains. Cruise recently had to recall 300 Cruise AV units following a crash with a city bus in San Francisco. The robotaxi service stated that while the self-driving technology was able to distinguish the front and rear of the bus, the length of the city bus fooled the Cruise AV unit into miscalculating how much room it had to maneuver. In addition to this accident, there have been a number of minor incidents in the past few months.