GM’s Cruise drone division raises $1.35 billion and launches driverless taxi testing in the US
Electric cars without a driver will carry passengers from 11 pm to 5 am local time.
The money was invested by SoftBank, the company said. Cruise will use them to expand the team and scale the business.
The company announced the launch of driverless taxi testing in San Francisco. To participate, you must leave an application on the site. So far, self-driving cars are only driving in certain areas of the city: Haight-Ashbury, Richmond, Chinatown, and Pacific Heights. Cruise focuses on night trips – driverless electric vehicles will carry passengers from 11 pm to 5 am local time.
Cruise was founded in 2013 in San Francisco. In 2016, the startup was bought by GM for $1 billion. In May 2019, Cruise raised $1.15 billion from GM, SoftBank, Honda, and other investors. In January 2021, Microsoft, Honda, and others invested $2 billion in the startup.
In January 2020, Cruise revealed its first production car for shared rides. In October 2021, it announced plans to launch a taxi in the US, and by 2023 in Dubai.