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GM’s self-driving subsidiary Cruise aims to have a fleet of 1M vehicles by 2030

October 7 (WNN) — Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, is scaling up operations with a goal of at least 1 million self-driving vehicles in its ride-sharing fleet by 2030.

The company’s plans were disclosed during a meeting with investors on Wednesday.

“We expect the business to grow rapidly,” Cruise CEO Dan Amman told investors.

The company has been testing its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco for years, and plans to start charging customers for the services next year.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Permits to Cruise and Waymo on September 30, moving the companies one step closer to commercially offering their services within designated areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. They still require approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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The permit allows vehicles to operate at a maximum speed of 30 mph between 10 pm and 6 am on public roads.

Cruise has had the state authority to test autonomous vehicles with backup safety drives since 2015. A year ago, the company got approval to test its vehicles without a driver.

The company unveiled its autonomous vehicle – Origin – in San Francisco in January 2020.

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