WASHINGTON, Feb 28, 2022 (Reuters) - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Monday issued permits to self-driving units of General Motors (GM.N) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) to allow for passenger service in autonomous vehicles with safety drivers present.
CPUC said the GM unit Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo are under Drivered Deployment permits authorized to collect fares from passengers and may offer shared rides.
A prerequisite for the economy in the CabiBUS concept is of course the self-driving technology.
Level 4, together with remote control when required, will be fully sufficient for the CabiBUS vehicles to navigate all streets and roads within 100 km (62 miles) around each city, covering most of the daily commuting and trips now made by private, fossil fuel cars.
Swedish Einride is already testing this for trucks and Google Waymo opened its fully driverless service 8 October 2020. General Motors Cruise and others expect to have Robotaxi in full operation around 2023, see below.
Remember the date, Waymo is officially launching an important part of the Future of Mobility!
The other two, equally important, parts are electric drive and safe shared travel, as in CabiBUS. Let us hope that Waymo soon makes it all happen!
"UPDATE, December 23, 2021: Based on quickly rising COVID-19 infection rates, Waymo has made the difficult decision not to participate in person at CES 2022. "
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"Moving cities forward
We’re a self-driving car service designed for the cities we love."
"Shaping the future together
Cruise vehicles are purpose-built for self-driving at a dedicated GM manufacturing plant. Our cutting-edge hardware and software work seamlessly together to transform the way we all experience transportation."
IDTechEx report April 2020
The report describes that many large vehicle manufacturers plans to launch Level 4 vehicles within 2023!
"The arrival of autonomous driving will revolutionise the way people travel."