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GM's self-driving subsidiary Cruise aims for fleet of 1M vehicles by 2030

By Jonna Lorenz
Cruise aims to scale up its self-driving ride-sharing fleet to 1 million vehicles by 2030. Photo courtesy of Cruise LLC
Cruise aims to scale up its self-driving ride-sharing fleet to 1 million vehicles by 2030. Photo courtesy of Cruise LLC

Oct. 7 (UPI) -- General Motors subsidiary Cruise 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 revealed during a meeting with investors Wednesday.

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"We expect to scale the business rapidly," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann told investors.

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

The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued autonomous vehicle deployment permits Sept. 30 to Cruise and Waymo, bringing the companies a step closer to offering their services commercially within designated areas of the San Francisco Bay area. They still need approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

The permit approves the vehicles for operation on public roads between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at a maximum speed of 30 mph.

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

The company unveiled its autonomous vehicle -- called the Origin -- in San Francisco in January 2020.

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