GM’s autonomous vehicle technology division, Cruise, just announced that it recently hit 4 million driverless miles across its fleet of AVs. The company is currently expanding its operations in several major cities across the U.S. In addition, Cruise is now waiting on approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to deploy the fully autonomous Cruise Origin robotaxi.
In a post to social media, Cruise CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt announced that Cruise had reached the 4-million-mile mark, while also indicating that the company’s autonomous vehicles were driving at a pace exceeding 1 million driverless miles per month. Cruise previously announced passing 3 million driverless miles this past July.
Yesterday we crossed 4 million driverless miles!
We’re now driving at a pace exceeding 1 million driverless miles per month. https://t.co/6j6Y9rhYfg
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) August 11, 2023
Cruise is now testing its autonomous vehicles in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is the eighth major U.S. city to host Cruise operations. Cruise also operates in San Francisco, Nashville, Phoenix, Austin, Miami, Houston, and Dallas. Cruise claims to have roughly 400 AVs on the road, and recently received the go-ahead to expand its driverless vehicle service throughout the city of San Francisco.
Although Cruise has been bleeding money since it began operation, Cruise CEO Vogt indicates that the operating cost per mile will continue to drop through the 2023 calendar year, falling an average of 15 percent per month through the first half of 2023.
GM has also announced a partnership with the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team which will place a patch on player jerseys that incorporates the Cruise logo and an image of the Cruise Chevy Bolt EVs currently in service.
Cruise is currently waiting on approval from the NHTSA to deploy the Cruise Origin AV. Unlike the Chevy Bolt EVs currently in service, Cruise Origin was design from the ground-up to be fully autonomous, and does not incorporate any human pilot controls (no steering wheel, no pedals, etc.). As such, the NHTSA will decide if vehicles designed specifically to be driven by computers should be required to carry the same human-piloted equipment as standard passenger vehicles.