General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary Cruise has announced that its robotaxi units have begun testing in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This development comes just days after the autonomous driving service announced that it had begun testing Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as Atlanta, Georgia in early August 2023 and Nashville, Tennessee in late July 2023. Indeed, it appears as though Cruise is gaining momentum as it continues its rollout of Cruise AV units across major United States cities.
Of course, this expansion into new cities comes as the self-driving subsidiary is under investigation by the NHTSA back in San Francisco, California after an AV unit was involved in an accident with an emergency vehicle. In fact, Cruise has stated that it will reduce its operations by 50 percent while the investigation is ongoing in order to deter any more incidents with its robotaxi units.
That development comes after Cruise was given the green light to expand its operations across California to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Previously, Cruise AVs were only allowed to operate in designated neighborhoods at specific hours, with some providers allowed to offer only free rides.
Today we begin initial testing in Raleigh, North Carolina as we continue to expose our tech to diverse conditions across the country.
Stay tuned for more updates as we work toward bringing our driverless tech to more people in more places.
— cruise (@Cruise) August 22, 2023
It’s worth noting that Cruise AV units have been involved in quite a few incidents as of recent as the robotaxis continue to rack up driverless miles. While Cruise may have recently surpassed the 4 million driverless miles mark, AV units have been spotted blocking fire trucks, getting stuck in concrete, and colliding with semi trucks.