Driverless car companies are getting back on track after a COVID-19 standstill
Why it matters: The pandemic temporarily suspended on-road testing at many AV companies, but the past week shows they've been hard at work.
- Cruise and its major shareholder, General Motors, said they will seek regulatory approval to deploy a limited number of Cruise Origin driverless shuttles in San Francisco.
- Because the Origin has no steering wheel or pedals, the company may seek an exemption from motor vehicle safety standards for up to 2,500 noncompliant vehicles.
- The effort comes one week after Cruise received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to test driverless cars on San Francisco streets.
Ford plans to launch its self-driving commercial business in 2022 with vehicles based on the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover.
- “With our fourth-generation test vehicle, we have everything we need from a vehicle to stand up our self-driving service,” John Davis, chief engineer of Ford’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary wrote in a Medium post.
Motional and Lyft resumed their robotaxi service in Las Vegas this week.
- Motional is a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv.