General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary, Cruise, recently announced that it began manual data collection in Seattle and Washington D.C. as of late August 2023. Now, the robotaxi service has announced that it has begun manual data collection in Southern Nevada, namely Las Vegas.
Intended to help the autonomous driving company streamline its expansion into these areas, Cruise recently stated in a post to social media that it will initiate manual data collection in Clark County next week. Notably, Clark County houses cities like Las Vegas and Henderson.
Of course, Cruise has been aggressively expanding over the course of the past several months, pushing its operations into Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Phoenix, Arizona, along with three cities in Texas, including Austin, Dallas, and Houston. One must also not forget Cruise’s home city of San Francisco, California.
As of August 2023, Cruise has officially clocked 4 million driverless miles across its driverless fleet, while estimates have the robotaxi service operating up to almost 400 AVs on public roads. Moving forward on that front, Cruise is still awaiting for approval from the NHTSA to deploy the Cruise Origin, which will function exclusively as an autonomous vehicle.
Next week we begin our manual data collection in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and more across Clark County, NV.
More to come as we work towards going driverless in Southern Nevada.
— cruise (@Cruise) September 1, 2023
However, as GM Authority has been extensively following, there have been several hiccups in this rapid expansion. In fact, Cruise AV units have been captured in all sorts of incidents and accidents, including a traffic jam, driving through wet concrete, and colliding with a fire truck.
In response, Cruise has denied direct involvement of its AV units in most of these incidents.