On Tuesday night, Cruise launched a driverless car called Origin,” a joint venture with parent general motors and investor Honda to provide ride-sharing services,media reported. The car has neither a steering wheel nor pedals, and the interior is spacious and the seats are face-to-face.
Kyle Vogt, co-founder of the company CTO, points out that this is done to meet the needs of individual USB interfaces. There is also a digital display, presumably to provide tourists with information about their rides.
Vogt added that the car’s doors don’t open outwards, but slide, making the road’s cyclists safer.
CEO Dan Ammann stressed that the car is not a concept car but a production car, the company intends to use carpooling services. However, don’t expect it to appear on public roads any time soon, as driverless cars do not comply with U.S. federal regulations.
Origin will now be used in private, closed environments, such as GM’s plant in Michigan and Honda’s plant outside the U.S.
In addition, Ammann highlighted the low cost of the car. “We’re always trying to make the original experience as cheap as possible. Because if we really want to improve our lives and our cities, then we need a lot of people to use Cruise Origin. This is not possible unless we can come up with a very simple proposal to provide a better experience at a lower price than it is now. It is understood that the cost of this car will be about half that of conventional electric SUVs.
Unfortunately, Ammann didn’t give more details about the production, saying only that “you’ll find out in a few days.”