Cruise Automation, General Motors' autonomous driving division, recently announced the roll-out of the beta version of its self-driving ride-sharing app, which is being used by employees in San Francisco, where they operate a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt EV test vehicles.
The new service is called ‘Cruise Anywhere’ and GM claims that some of its employees are already choosing it as their primary mode of transportation.
Kyle Vogt, co-founder and Cruise CEO said in an interview with Techcrunch:
“We’ve always said we’d launch first with a ride share application, and this is in line with that and just further evidence of that. We’re really excited about how the technology is evolving, and the rate at which it’s evolving. This is a manifestation of that – putting the app in people’s hands and having them use it for the first time and make AVs their primary form of transportation.”
The company says that engineers are still required in the driver’s seat of all vehicles since it’s a test fleet. Cruise employees can use the service between 16 and 24 hours per day according to availability of the R&D fleet operating in San Francisco. This pool of vehicles is supposed to increase by more than a 100 cars in the next few months, thus enabling the expansion of operating hours.
The app is very intuitive as it works just like any other ride-sharing app, mapping customer with available cars. The service is currently only available across the mapped area of San Francisco.