GM’s Cruise to go commercial in a ‘landmark’ decision in California

General Motors and Cruise will be the first companies in the world to run a commercial taxi service of self-driving cars in a major city.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved Cruise’s final application to start the commercial ride-hailing business in San Francisco. 

Cruise will use a fleet of 30 completely driverless all-electric Chevrolet Bolts to ferry passengers around parts of the city. Those Bolts are currently built at Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township. 

General Motors and Cruise got approval on June 2, 2022, to start operating self-driving ride hail taxis like this one in San Francisco for a fare.

“I support the resolution,” said Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma, adding that it will help the environment, improve safety and aid disadvantaged people in getting around. “It is a landmark resolution. We have taken a measured path to get to this point.”

Cruise is the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle company of which GM owns an 80% stake. 

“We received the first-ever Driverless Deployment Permit granted by the California Public Utilities Commission, which allows us to charge a fare for the driverless rides we are providing to members of the public here in San Francisco,” said Cruise COO Gil West in a blog statement. “This means that Cruise will be the first and only company to operate a commercial, driverless ride-hail service in a major U.S. city.”