Cruise’s driverless autonomous cars start giving rides to paying passengers

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The era of commercial autonomous robotaxi service is here — Cruise officially became the first company to offer fared rides to the general public in a major city as of late Wednesday. The milestone comes after Cruise received official approval from the California Public Utilities Commission in early June to operate driverless in a commercial capacity .

Initially, Cruise’s driverless autonomous offering will operate only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and only on designated streets in the city. But the limits are part of a plan by regulators and the company to prove out the safety and efficacy of its system before deploying it in more locations at additional times. The new operating window already extends its total active time by 1.5 hours as compared to the free driverless test pilot service it was offering between June of last year and the debut of this paid service.

UPDATE: As of last night, fared rides are now rolling out to our customers in SF. If you’re waiting to take your first driverless ride, we’re inviting more people into our AVs each week, so sit tight— it’ll be worth it! 😉 https://t.co/UpjuQ9K81W pic.twitter.com/CwkD1LftnV — cruise (@Cruise) June 23, 2022

It sounds like Cruise is still a ways off from making this offering available far and wide to San Franciscans eager to take a trip with a robot chauffeur, but this is still a major step toward a future where AVs crawl the streets in big cities picking up paying fares.

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Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, US, Cruise fulfils CEO Kyle Vogt ’s childhood dream of making self-driving cars a reality. Co-founded by Chief Product Officer Dan Kan , the company was acquired by General Motors in 2016 to bring more than a century of experience in designing and manufacturing vehicles to the autonomous vehicle (AV) effort.

Cruise has received $10B from well-respected companies and investors—including General Motors, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart—increasing its valuation 30x since being founded.

The Origin robotaxi — launched in early 2020 — is a bus-like vehicle built for the sole purpose of shuttling people around in a city autonomously.

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In its first 15 months, Cruise AVs collectively drove one million driverless miles — a distance equivalent to more than 40 laps around the planet.

The fleet is all-electric, fuelled by electricity generated by solar panels, many in Californian farms as part of the Farm to Fleet programme that aims to bridge and boost transport and agriculture in the US, promoting renewable energy and increasing benefits for the companies. 

“The amount of development work to get from nothing to the level of performance to operate without a driver was enormous,” says Vogt.

“We still have a long way to go to generalise this, to make this work at massive scale everywhere. But the relative difficulty of that compared to doing the work that is already behind us is pretty small. And it’s do-able.

“We know what the bottlenecks are, like our mapping technology. If you told me tomorrow we needed to operate in 100 cities, we’d be in trouble. But we have a road map so that, by the time we are adding 20, 30 or 50 cities a year, the technology is there to support that.”

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During the height of the COVID-19 restrictions, Cruise repurposed its AV fleet to deliver meals to vulnerable people in the San Francisco area, alongside partnering with Walmart   on a self-driving delivery pilot in Arizona.

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General Motors on Tuesday named a veteran technology executive with roots in the video game industry to steer its troubled robotaxi service Cruise as it tries to recover from a gruesome collision that triggered the suspension of its California license.

Marc Whitten, one of the key engineers behind the Xbox video game console, will take over as Cruise's chief executive nearly nine months after one of the service's robotaxis dragged a jaywalking pedestrian — who had just been struck by a different vehicle driven by a human — across a darkened street in San Francisco before coming to a stop.

That early October 2023 incident prompted California regulators to slam the brakes on Cruise's robotaxis in San Francisco. It had previously giving the driverless vehicles approval to charge for rides throughout the second densest city in the U.S., despite objections of local government officials who cited flaws in the autonomous technology.

General Motors, which had hoped Cruise would be generating $1 billion in annual revenue by 2025, has since scaled back its massive investments in the robotaxi service. The cutbacks resulted in 900 workers being laid off just weeks after Cruise co-founder and former CEO Kyle Vogt resigned from his job in the aftermath of crash that sent the pedestrian to the hospital.

The arrival of new leadership at Cruise came on the same day rival robotaxi service Waymo disclosed its driverless vehicles are ready to start picking up anyone in San Francisco who wants a ride within the city. Waymo had been only accepting requests from riders selected from a waiting list that had grown to 300,000 people.

It’s the second major city where Waymo’s robotaxis are open to all comers, joining Phoenix, where the driverless vehicles have been giving rides for several years.

Although Waymo’s vehicles so far haven’t been involved in any collisions like the one that sidelined Cruise, the company recently issued a voluntary recall that required delivering a software update throughout its fleet after one of its robotaxis hit a telephone pole in Phoenix.

Whitten, who also has worked at Amazon and Sonos, will be taking over a robotaxi service facing far more daunting challenges. General Motors earlier this year disclosed that the U.S. Justice Department has opened an inquiry into Cruise’s handling of the October crash in San Francisco. California regulators also fined Cruise $112,000 for its response to that collision.

In a statement, Whitten said he believes Cruise can still make transportation safer than it has been with humans behind the wheel of cars.

“It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of this transformation,” Whitten said. ”The team at Cruise has built world-class technology, and I look forward to working with them to help bring this critical mission to life.”

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General Motors on Tuesday named a veteran technology executive with roots in the video game industry to steer its troubled robotaxi service Cruise as it tries to recover from a gruesome collision that triggered the suspension of its California license.

Marc Whitten, one of the key engineers behind the Xbox video game console, will take over as Cruise’s chief executive nearly nine months after one of the service’s robotaxis dragged a jaywalking pedestrian — who had just been struck by a vehicle driven by a human — across a darkened street in San Francisco before coming to a stop.

That early October 2023 incident prompted California regulators to slam the brakes on Cruise’s robotaxis in San Francisco. It had previously giving the driverless vehicles approval to charge for rides throughout the second densest city in the U.S., despite objections of local government officials who cited flaws in the autonomous technology.

General Motors, which had hoped Cruise would be generating $1 billion in annual revenue by 2025, has since scaled back its massive investments in the robotaxi service. The cutbacks resulted in 900 workers being laid off j ust weeks after Cruise co-founder and former CEO Kyle Vogt resigned from his job in the aftermath of crash that sent the pedestrian to the hospital.

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The arrival of new leadership at Cruise came on the same day rival robotaxi service Waymo disclosed its driverless vehicles are ready to start picking up anyone in San Francisco who wants ride within the city. Waymo had been only accepting requests from riders selected from a waiting list that had grown to 300,000 people.

It’s the second major city where Waymo’s robotaxis are open to all comers, joining Phoenix, where the driverless vehicles have been giving rides for several years.

Although Waymo’s vehicles so far haven’t been involved in any collisions like the one that sidelined Cruise, the company recently issued a voluntary recall that required delivering a software update throughout its fleet after one of its robotaxis hit a telephone pole in Phoenix.

Whitten, who also has worked at Amazon and Sonos, will be taking over a robotaxi service facing far more daunting challenges. General Motors earlier this year disclosed that the U.S. Justice Department has opened an inquiry into Cruise’s handling of the October crash in San Francisco. California regulators also fined Cruise $112,000 for its response to that collision.

In a statement, Whitten said he believes Cruise can still make transportation safer than it has been with humans behind the wheel of cars.

“It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of this transformation,” Whitten said. ”The team at Cruise has built world-class technology, and I look forward to working with them to help bring this critical mission to life.”

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While Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) has recently faced business setbacks due to dipping demand for electric vehicles, its approach to fully self-driving cars has kept interest in its stock high. Yet, despite being the furthest ahead, Tesla isn’t the only automaker focusing on the technology. Now major competitors across markets are developing their approach to becoming autonomous driving stocks, which could form a lucrative new sub-industry for investors to get in on early.

Furthermore, developed nations are increasingly improving their infrastructure, making autonomous vehicles more plausible for more drivers as commutes get longer. However, investors should remember that not all technological trends in the auto industry are in demand.

In fact, despite the current media excitement around autonomous vehicles, regulations and human nature may make it so that the technology never catches on. Bearing that in mind, here are three car companies that could become autonomous driving stocks if the industry takes off.

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Through its Cadillac-branded sedans, General Motors (NYSE: GM ) has shown the most promise for competing with Tesla’s autonomous driving tech. The company’s wide portfolio of cars has also enabled it to test various camera and autopilot technologies to determine its approach to the autonomous driving market.

Currently, General Motors’ most developed self-driving technology is called Super Cruise , which is intended for long-range cruise control and exceptional comfort. The reason this technology could be more competitive than Tesla is that it’s more applicable to the most common use cases when people need transport.

While autonomous driving around the city might be nice, having a long-range cruise from point A to point B on the highway is likely more enticing to the broader population. Pair this with GM’s brand identity and GM’s broad market share, and it looks like one of the best autonomous driving stocks to buy.

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Though Nissan (OTCMKTS: NSANY ) has struggled to capture profit growth in the last few years, the company’s ProPILOT technology could be a big step in the right direction. Much like General Motors, Nissan is focusing its autonomous driving efforts on a more reasonable and generally applicable version of autonomous driving than a full Tesla autopilot.

The difference, however, is that this technology could improve Nissan’s entire line of longer-range vehicles, such as SUVs and sedans, unlike Cadillac’s relatively limited number of models that apply the Super Cruise technology.

Thus, Nissan could potentially perform better if autonomous features continue to be more sought after in the new car market. However, investors should keep a close eye on the financial performance of Nissan before investing in its autonomous driving ventures. Once the company addresses its slimming profit margins and expenses, it could become one of the best autonomous driving stocks to invest in.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TM)

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When it comes to cars and speculating on new technologies, Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM ) tends to be one of the safest bets an investor can make. As the world’s largest company by car sales, Toyota has the widest array of customers and markets to test its new Mobility Teammate Concept technologies for better integration. This makes TM a good prospect for autonomous driving stocks.

These technologies include the Chauffeur system and the Guardian system. Chauffeur technology enables a vehicle to drive on its own. while Toyota Guardian has the driver and an AI system share roles to improve driving safety. This is possible through Guardian’s software, which constantly monitors the driving environment and steps in at a moment’s notice to protect the vehicle and its passengers when a collision or other safety risk is imminent.

Moreover, Toyota claims, “This is not done by braking alone but by using the full range of driving actions.” This would put Toyota vehicle safety in a league of its own, if true.

On the date of publication, Viktor Zarev did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com  Publishing Guidelines .

Viktor Zarev is a scientist, researcher, and writer specializing in explaining the complex world of technology stocks through dedication to accuracy and understanding.

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Cruise, the autonomous vehicle company backed by General Motors and Honda, will launch its first international robotaxi service in Dubai. The company will start testing its vehicles in the kingdom in 2023, with plans to launch a commercial ride-hailing service soon after — though it hasn’t specified an actual date. The news was announced early Monday by Dubai’s crown prince, Hamdan bin Mohammed.

As part of the ride-hailing service, Cruise will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, which it first unveiled in 2019. The company does not plan on utilizing its Chevy Bolt electric vehicles that it currently uses as part of its test fleet in San Francisco.

The Origin is designed to be a shared vehicle, and when it goes into production, it won’t have any controls typically associated with human driving, like a steering wheel or pedals. Cruise said the goal is to scale up to at least 4,000 vehicles in Dubai by the year 2030.

Cruise still intends for San Francisco to be its first market for its commercial robotaxi service

Cruise still intends for San Francisco to be its first market for its commercial robotaxi service. The company had planned to launch a commercial service in its hometown in 2019,  but failed to do so and has yet to announce a new date.

The Cruise Origin will go into production at  GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant starting in 2022. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative effect on shared ride-hailing, Cruise recently unveiled a new set of safety protocols intended to keep people socially distant during trips and the vehicle sanitized between fares.

Cruise is among the best capitalized autonomous vehicle companies in the world. Over the last three years, the company has raised over $9.25 billion from a number of investors including SoftBank, Honda, GM, T. Rowe Price Group, and Microsoft. Cruise is currently valued at $30 billion.

Dubai may be a natural fit for Cruise’s fully autonomous vehicles. The kingdom has the goal of 20 percent of its trips taking place in autonomous vehicles by 2030. Dubai has also invited a number of urban air mobility companies, like Volocopter, to test their electric aircraft .

Correction: Clarified the Dubai launch plans and corrected the amount invested in Cruise to date. It’s $9.25 billion, not $7.4 billion as originally stated.

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  • The Nissan Z is the latest in a long line of iconic sports cars that date back more than 50 years.
  • I enjoyed the 2024 Nissan Z's twin-turbocharged V6, 6-speed manual gearbox, and retro looks. 
  • I was let down by the Z's unsatisfying engine sound and poor backup camera. 

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Every brand needs a halo product—a car that reminds customers and employees of their origins, values, and goals.

It embodies the soul of that company.

Ford has the Mustang , Mercedes the S-Class , and Porsche the 911 .

For Nissan, with the GT-R supercar headed for retirement after a 17-year run, that job will be left to the Fairlady Z, known in America simply as the Z.

The current Nissan Z launched in 2023 with more power and tech than the 370Z it succeeded.

I recently spent a week driving a 2024 Nissan Z Performance around the streets of Atlanta and the winding roads of the Appalachian foothills.

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I loved its potent 3.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 and the 6-speed manual transmission. I was also impressed by its level of tech content and overall fit and finish.

There wasn't much to complain about, but I did feel somewhat let down by the unsatisfying engine noise and one of the poorest-quality backup cameras I've ever encountered.

My Nissan Z Performance test car costs $55,110.

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The base Nissan Z Sport starts at $42,970, while the top-of-the-line and more powerful Z NISMO starts at $65,750.

My mid-grade Performance trim with a manual transmission starts at $52,210. Freight fees and optional extras pushed the as-tested price past $55,000.

The Z's history in the US dates back to 1970 when the S30 Fairlady Z went on sale as the Datsun 240Z.

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The iconic 240Z became the byword for stylish performance at an affordable price. Over the years, there have been a series of memorable Nissan Z-Cars, including the all-conquering Z32 300ZX Twin-Turbo, which hunted supercars for sport in the early 1990s, and the more recent 370Z NISMO Tech .

The Z's long hood and sloping rear in signature elements of the classic Z-Car look.

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Nissan's design team, led by Cuban-American designer chief Alfonso Albaisa, left no doubts as to this car's lineage. Take one look at its silhouette, and you know it's a Z.

The Z's angular front facia, and slightly recessed LED headlights also harken back to the 240Z.

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It's a look that debuted on the Z Proto concept car in the fall of 2020.

Out back, the sloping roofline merges into the decklid spoiler.

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Aesthetically, the Nissan Z is a perfect blend of modernity and retro Z-car cool.

The styling might be fresh, but the new Z is built on an updated version of Nissan's venerable FM platform, which also underpins the 370Z and Infiniti's Q50 sedan and Q60 Coupe.

My test car came with these dark gray RAYS 19-inch lightweight forged aluminum alloy wheels.

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Behind alloy wheels, Performance trim Nissan Z's get 14-inch, four-piston vented disc brakes up front and 2-piston discs out back.

One of the Z's standout features is a 6-speed manual transmission.

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The manual is carried over from the 370Z, but the 6-speed has been updated with beefier synchros to facilitate better shifts. And that's exactly what I found. The shifts were crisp and quick.

The manual comes standard on the Sport and Performance trims with the automatic also available as a no-cost option.

Unlike past iterations, this Z has an electric power steering instead of the traditional hydraulic system.

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The transition to electronic power steering, which usually dulls steering feel and feedback from the wheels, has not diminished the Z's handling prowess. I found the steering to be smoother than the last 370Z I drove.

The shift also allows Nissan to incorporate semi-autonomous driving and driver assistance features.

The Nissan Z has intelligent cruise control, automatic emergency braking, predictive forward collision warning, blind spot warning, land departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Z is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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All variants of the Nissan Z are powered by a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged VR30DDTT V6 engine, which sends power to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic transmission.

The VR30 produces a stout 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in the Sport and Performance trims. The NISMO edition gets an extra 20 horsepower and 34 lb-ft of torque.

The VR30 is also a descendant of the handbuilt VR38DETT motors found under the hood of the GT-R supercar.

Fuel economy is probably not top of mind for most sports car buyers but for those interested, Nissan Zs (in Sport and Performance trims) with the 6-speed boast fuel economy figures at 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Choose the automatic (please don't), and the fuel economy figures improve to 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg in combined driving.

The Nissan Z was an absolute blast to drive.

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Nissan really delivered on the driving front.

On a winding road, the Bridgestone Potenza-shod car handled the corners with the surefooted confidence expected of a world-class sports car.

Even though its heavier than its predecessors, the 350Z and 370Z, it felt far lighter on its feet and more balanced.

The Zs I've driven in the past felt more like powerful Japanese muscle cars than true sports cars. They were monsters in a straight line but felt heavy and unsure of themselves in the corners.

They also delivered a surprisingly comfortable ride, easily soaking up rough roads and small potholes, which is uncommon for a car with low-profile tires and a sport-tuned suspension.

Even though it's now more fleet of foot through the corners, it hasn't lost any straight-line performance.

The Z's VR30 engine pulls like an angry draft horse off the line, without any hint of turbo lag, quickly getting 3,500 vehicles to highway speeds.

The twin-turbo V6 boasts a torque curve that reaches its peak 350 lbs-ft at just 1,600 revs and remains on tap all the way up to 5,600 rpms. Paired with a launch control system that allows you to change gears without lifting off the throttle, gunning the throttle on the Z results in smooth, uninterrupted power and acceleration.

According to Motor Trend , the Nissan Z Performance with the manual transmission can go from 0 to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds.

Unfortunately for us sports car purists, that time will likely be a bit faster with the automatic.

My only real gripe with the driving experience was the unsatisfying engine sound, which lacked the high-pitched crescendo of a high-revving four-cylinder or the low-down rumble of a V8. It just sounded like a dull and listless drone.

Inside, the Z's cabin is cozy with room for two.

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As a sports car, the front dash and center console are angled to facilitate easier use for the person in the driver's seat. The interior fit and finish were solid, although I didn't care for the bright blue seats and trim pieces.

Sitting atop the dash is a set of three analog gauges.

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The gauges, which are a throwback to the original 240Z, show voltage, turbo pressure, and turbo rpms.

In front of the driver is a Z-branded steering wheel and a large 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

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The display is customizable with three different layouts that cater to various driving situations from everyday use or performance driving.

The Z is equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

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It runs Nissan's corporate infotainment interface which was fairly intuitive to use. It's also equipped with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.

While the screen quality is excellent, the image quality of the backup camera was not.

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The images from the backup camera were blurry and washed out. It's one of the worst cameras I've encountered.

Tucked away under the infotainment screen are the climate control knobs.

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The dials themselves are easy to use, but their location lower down in the center console, however, made adjusting the temperature while driving more of a chore than necessary.

The ghastly blue leather and artificial suede seats were well-padded and supportive.

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Power seat controls for the Z are located in an odd spot between the seat and the center console. It's a carryover from the 370Z.

Behind the passenger cabin is large but shallow cargo area.

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There is space under the cargo area for a spare tire, but that area has been taken up by the subwoofer for the Z's 8-speaker Bose stereo.

You access the cargo area by opening the large rear hatch.

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The button to open the hatch is inside the low part of the Nissan logo.

My Verdict: It's impossible not to like the Nissan Z.

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With the new Z, Nissan has given us a modern take on the sports car that helped cement the company's place in America more than five decades earlier.

And boy, what a sports car they've given us.

It looks great, is agile and confident in the corners, has one of the finest V6 engines money can buy, and, most importantly, has a smooth-shifting manual transmission.

The Nissan Z is one of the last of a dying breed.

In an age of 1,000 horsepower EVs and semi-autonomous driving, the market for gas-powered, manual-transmission sports cars is growing ever smaller.

If you have the chance, buy it while it's still here. Or you may regret it later.

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One Million Driverless Miles

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Throughout Cruise’s history we’ve accomplished many milestones while inventing the technical playbook for urban Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). Back in November 2021, we were the first company to complete a fully driverless ride in a major US city. Since then, we launched the first paid driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco.

Today, just fifteen months after our first fully driverless ride, I’m thrilled to announce one of our biggest milestones yet: Cruise has completed one million fully driverless miles. Just about every mile we’ve logged has been packed with complex scenarios that have set Cruise up for rapid scale. And all of these miles were collected with our all-electric, renewable-powered fleet offsetting a total of 684 metric tons of CO2 emissions over the course of these million miles. The dense, often chaotic, streets of San Francisco have about 19,000 people per mile and give our fleet mountains of information-rich data to learn from. For example, stop sign blow-throughs are 46x times more frequent in San Francisco than in suburban areas. And double parked vehicles and cut-ins are everyday norms of San Francisco traffic—not exceptions. Over the last 15 months, we’ve driven through “Karl the Fog” and atmospheric rivers; yielded to traffic enforcement in construction zones; and patiently negotiated post-concert traffic at Outside Lands and other crowded venues. Watch this video to see a small sampling of the unique (and amusing) scenarios our fleet encounters on San Francisco roads.

Our engineering team has built a robust technology stack designed to make the most of every mile we traverse on the road. Data from each ride is fed into a continuous learning machine and actively mined to create millions of permutations of on-road scenarios in simulation. Every day, we process five petabytes of simulation data—this means we process more than a 4k digital library of every movie ever made every month. Together, road data and simulated data help us train new AI models that continuously improve upon the performance of older ones. Since our first driverless ride, we’ve had fourteen major software releases. This virtuous technology cycle has allowed us to safely and quickly scale our operating fleet in San Francisco. Our most recent 100,000 fully driverless miles were collected 7 times faster than our first 100,000 driverless miles. I couldn’t be prouder of the work the entire Cruise team has put into building this technology stack and achieving this momentous technical feat.

When you consider our safety record, the gravity of our team’s achievement comes into sharper focus. To date, riders have taken tens of thousands of rides in Cruise AVs. In the coming years, millions of people will experience this fully driverless future for themselves. This reality could not come any sooner—we are working against a status quo in which more than 40,000 Americans a year die on our roads. This is in addition to millions more life changing injuries that affect our communities. Against that backdrop, we’ve continued to keep safety at the absolute center of everything we do, providing transparent, updated, and published data on exactly how we do that .

We didn’t arrive at this moment without challenges, obstacles, and public scrutiny—and we’ll certainly see more of that as the next chapter of the AV playbook is written. While the AV field is a relatively young one, we’ve worked hard to build a mature culture defined by data-driven decision making, continuous feedback, and measured iteration—a culture that aims to strike an essential balance between safe, incremental innovation and rapid progress.

I’d like to thank all the current and former Cruisers who have helped get us to this moment, and thank every early rider who has jumped at the chance to experience our technology at the start of this revolution in transportation.

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