General Motors and its self-driving car unit Cruise say they’ll start testing unmanned autonomous vehicles in San Francisco by the end of 2020 (via NBC News). On Thursday, the subsidiary said it received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that allows its autonomous vehicles to operate in the state without a backup human driver at the wheel. In the past, the DMV has granted similar permits to Waymo and Amazon’s Zoox.
“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 US city,” Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said in a Medium post. That claim is likely to irk Waymo and the residents of Phoenix. At the start of October, the Alphabet subsidiary started opening up its Waymo One service to the city’s wider population.