Roughly a month-and-a-half ago, GM Authority reported that Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary, surpassed two million driverless miles. Now, the automated driving service has eclipsed the three million driverless miles mark.
In a post to social media, Cruise announced that its Cruise AVs have officially racked up three million driverless miles. This comes as the robotaxi service surpassed 1.5 million driverless miles in early May 2023. As is evidenced in the exponential growth of driverless miles, Cruise is quickly breaking milestone after milestone, and is widely expected to continue to do so.
This steady growth comes as Cruise continues its expansion into new markets. In fact, the robotaxi service recently launched in Houston, Texas, and will debut in Dallas, Texas soon. This expansion comes as a result of extensive testing in San Francisco, California, with cities like Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas initially earmarked for Cruise’s next stage of development.
However, the automated driving service hasn’t been universally welcomed. As previously covered by GM Authority, city officials around California – including the San Francisco Fire Chief – are worried that self-driving services such as Cruise and Waymo are expanding too quickly, and that local governments are unprepared to handle potential issues related to Cruise AV incidents.
Notably, this development comes as state regulators are preparing to grant a request to massively expand Cruise’s operations.
✅ 3,000,000 driverless miles!
Nearly 2x faster than our last million.
Working hard to bring safe and convenient AV rides to more and more people! https://t.co/ig7cBkvUzp
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) July 7, 2023
In other Cruise AV-related news, the self-driving subsidiary recently announced that it’s partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to help reduce alcohol- and drug-related vehicles fatalities.