Cruise won permission from the California motor vehicle administration on Thursday to become the first company to test driverless cars on the streets of San Francisco without a backup driver, in a sign of rising competition in the industry. Cruise’s majority stake is owned by general motors, in which Honda and Softbank are also investors.
Cruise has been testing 180 autopilot cars in San Francisco, but it needs backup drivers. The company’s approval means that five of them can be on the road without a backup driver. But for now, it’s not time to expect a robot taxi. “There’s a little more we can do now than we were allowed to do in the first place, which is not much progress,” said Dan Ammann, CEO of the company Mr Amman declined to say when the test would begin, saying: “we are not the first company to be licensed, but will be the first to conduct such a test on the streets of a major American city.” < / P > < p > for cruise, this will be an important step for the company to charge customers. California officials say any company needs a separate license to start making money in the state. < / P > < p > as part of Softbank’s investment, Softbank has an obligation to buy an additional $1.35 billion worth of cruise stock when cruise is ready for commercial operation. < / P > < p > “this is a good incentive for us to carry out commercial operation.” Mr Amman said. He added that cruise’s financial position was “very strong” after raising more than $7 billion. According to a document released by general motors, cruise’s loss in 2019 is $1 billion. < / P > < p > cruise is the fifth company to obtain an autonomous license in California. The first is waymo, the driverless vehicle division of Google’s parent company alphabet, which has been licensed as early as the end of 2018 to test more than 30 vehicles with speeds up to 65 miles per hour. This year, novel coronavirus pneumonia supported Nuro has also been licensed and transported by its driverless car to medical care at the new crown pneumonia temporary hospital. In recent months, Chinese start-ups autox and Amazon’s zoox have also been licensed. However, the four companies were given licenses for Silicon Valley cities, where navigation is easier, while Cruise’s license means that its driverless cars can travel anywhere on the streets of San Francisco at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour and can be tested day and night. < / P > < p > in Arizona, authorities take a more open stance on the testing of driverless vehicles. Since the summer of 2019, waymo has selected a number of customers to start charging tests. The project, which was temporarily suspended due to the new coronavirus pandemic, was restarted in October and is expected to be open to the public soon. < p > < p > according to Amman, cruise is working to improve its taxi Hailing app to prepare for robotic taxis, which can be used by company employees to travel freely in San Francisco. In the future, the company is likely to eventually put electric cars like cruise origin on the road, which was launched in January with no steering wheel or pedals. However, this requires approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is said that “gta5” will be launched on Google cloud game platform stadia