GM, Waymo Get OK to Provide Paid AV Rides
March 2, 2022—General Motors and Alphabet Inc. on Monday received permits from the California Public Utilities Commission to deploy passenger-carrying AVs in the state.
The permit allows GM's AV unit Cruise and Alphabet's unit Waymo to collect money from passenger and provide ridesharing services; before the announcement, the two companies were only allowed to provide the test as a "beta" and could not collect money from users.
According to a report from Reuters, a safety driver must be present during the rides. Cruise can provide service "on some public roads in San Francisco" from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and vehicles can only go upto 30 miles per hour. Waymo vehicles can operate during the same window of time in parts of San Francisco and San Mateo county, and vehicles can go at speeds up to 65 miles per hour.
Neither company can deploy vehicles in heavy fog or rain.