Back in August 2023, GM Authority reported that General Motors’ self-driving subsidiary Cruise had crossed the 4 million driverless miles mark. Now, the autonomous vehicle company has officially hit the 5 million driverless-mile threshold.
While announcing that Cruise will expand to Japan by early 2026, General Motors also mentioned that the self-driving subsidiary had crossed the 5 million driverless-mile mark through its operations in San Francisco, Austin and Phoenix, collecting more than 100,000 five-star reviews in the process.
Of course, GM Authority recently covered that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) had suspended Cruise’s deployment of Cruise AV units, along with its driverless testing permits in San Francisco. For background on the suspension in particular, the California DMV cited the violation of four statutes that lead it to take this drastic action.
“Public safety remains the California DMV’s top priority, and the department’s autonomous vehicle regulations provide a framework to facilitate the safe testing and deployment of this technology on California public roads,” a statement from the California DMV read. “When there is an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV can immediately suspend or revoke permits. There is no set time for a suspension.”
Interestingly, Cruise had previously announced a series of technology upgrades before the California DMV’s decision. After these updates, Cruise AV units will hopefully be able to better identify and avoid emergency vehicles and equipment.
In response to the suspension, Cruise released the following statement: “We learned today at 10:30 am PT of the California DMV’s suspension of our driverless permits. As a result, we will be pausing operations of our driverless AVs in San Francisco.”
Cruise LLC also announced its decision to pause all driverless operations for the time being, although rides will still be offered with a safety driver on board.