Cruise Automation, GM’s self-driving company, recently obtained the latest license to test in California, potentially bringing it closer to its goal of launching a self-driving ride service,media CNET reported. California has given Cruise permission to carry passengers and test its self-driving cars, based on a Chevrolet Bolt, but requires a safe human driver, according to a document released on February 19.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The news appears to indicate that Cruise is moving toward self-driving ride-on services, which its parent company, General Motors, announced last year planned to launch. In the end, the “commercialization” of driverless cars never materialized. That could change this year, especially as rival Waymo plans to expand its Waymo One service in Arizona.
Waymo uses its own self-driving cars to provide a paid taxi service for specific groups of people; Cruise can follow a similar pattern. At present, the company does offer its employees a very limited service, called Cruise Anywhere.
Cruise revealed Origin self-driving taxis last month, showing how the company plans to use its technology to transport people. With out of the steering wheel, pedals or driver’s seat, Origin emphasizes the passenger-centric interior design of the vehicle.