General Motors’ (GM +1.9%) Cruise announces in a Medium post that it plans to begin testing unmanned autonomous vehicles by the end of this year in San Francisco after landing a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles
“Before the end of the year, we’ll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF — without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel,” wrote Cruise CEO Dan Ammann.
“We’re not the first company to receive this permit, but we’re going to be the first to put it to use on the streets of a major U.S. city… Because safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation.”
Alphabet’s Waymo, Autox Technologies, Nuro and Amazon’s Zoox have similar permits in California for self-driving tech.
Earlier this year, there were some concerns that Cruise’s R&D unit might be struggling.