California: Cruise Approved To Drive Without Human Backup Drivers

Electric and autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs soon will be driving in San Francisco without someone behind the wheel.

GM’s Cruise Automation recently received from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles a permit to drive its autonomous vehicles without the human backup drivers.

According to the company, it’s not the first such permission from the DMV, but Cruise will actually remove the drivers before anyone else does.

We should see a fully autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV in San Francisco later this year. Who knows, maybe there will be no steering wheel too.

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“Today, Cruise received a permit from the California DMV to remove the human backup drivers from our self-driving cars. We’re not the first company to receive this permit, but we’re going to be the first to put it to use on the streets of a major U.S. city.”