The self-driving vehicles deal with a variety of challenges on the dark roads, and the autonomous system handles it all.
Cruise Automation is once again highlighting the ability of its self-driving Chevrolet Bolts to autonomously navigate the streets of San Francisco. In the latest time-lapse clip, the company speeds up an hour-and-a-half of nighttime motoring into an over-eight-minute-long clip.
The autonomous system made five scheduled stops along the route, and Cruise Automation reported that the human driver never needed to intervene during the drive. It’s quite an impressive performance. There’s constantly chaotic traffic moving around the Bolt, including pedestrians, parallel parking vehicles, bicyclists, and even a raccoon at one point. The self-driving system manages these challenges with aplomb.
General Motors bought Cruise Automation in 2016 for a price allegedly around $1 billion USD. Since then, the firm has become a major part of The General’s work to develop autonomous technology. Cruise’s self-driving Bolts have been driving around San Francisco since last summer, and the business has been fairly open about showing its tech at work in driving videos.
GM recently announced a further $14 million investment into Cruise for doubling the space at its research and development area. The autonomous firm intends to add 1,100 employees to the workforce over the next five years – a significant increase from the 40 workers at the time of GM's acquisition.
Ride-hailing service Lyft and GM have partnered to launch an Uber-rivaling offering using these autonomous Bolts. Their optimistic goal is eventually to have thousands of these vehicles available to users by 2018. Later, the General would also incorporate the self-driving system into products for consumers.
Uber is working on a competing autonomous ride-hailing service, but it is facing problems so far. When testing started in San Francisco, a dash cam showed one of its self-driving Volvos running a red light. Later, a crash in Tempe, Arizona, caused a temporary stop for the company's development.
Source: Cruise Automation