Officials at GM Cruise have been mentioning a “forthcoming” launch of an autonomous car test on San Francisco streets in emails that make it sound like the launch will be soon, Jalopnik reported today.
Last month, GM Cruise officials were sending messages to the San Francisco mayor’s office about the need to conduct certain tests that are required before it can begin public testing. The May 2 emails mentioned a “forthcoming public launch,” according to Jalopnik, which got the emails through a public records request.
In a another email, a company official said GM Cruise would like to finalize the training exercise “fairly soon.” Cruise is seeking to be able to use emergency vehicles as part of its effort to “teach” the cars, which need to be able to recognize and properly respond to emergency vehicles such as police, ambulances and fire trucks.
Officially, the company told Jalopnik that there’s nothing to announce.
“We continue to work with the City and other key stakeholders as we continue to safely test our self-driving technology,” a Cruise spokesperson said. “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
California’s new rules for testing driverless cars require a permit. Only two companies have applied for one – and neither is Cruise.
Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo plans a to launch driverless ride-hailing later this year in the Phoenix area. Drive.ai is close to launching its driverless ride-hailing service in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, and Lyft is testing in Las Vegas.