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Cruise, GM Awarded Driverless Deployment Permit by CPUC

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June 8, 2022—Cruise, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors, has received a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission to begin commercial operation in San Francisco. 

The unanimous decision will allow Cruise to begin charging customers for rides in its autonomous fleet. There are strict provision on when rides may be offered, however; according to a report from Nasdaq, Cruise may offer paid services to the public "at a maximum speed of 30 mph, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily, in normal weather conditions."

Cruise will deploy a fleet of 30 Chevrolet Bolts to provide driverless rides, and per the report the company will charge a fare "that will be comparable and competitive" with other services such as Uber and Lyft. 

Though Waymo, a primary rival to Cruise, started offering commercial autonomous rides to customers in an Arizona suburb in October 2020, Cruise is the first AV service to receive a permit in a heavily urban city. 

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