Here is the first exclusive look at the new autonomous vehicle from Cruise driverless car, they call it the origin. It didn’t look like any car I’ve never seen before. That’s kind of the first impression you get as soon as you approach this vehicle. The outside of it has the same dimensions as a normal crossover SUV, but that’s kind of where the similarities end so.
How Cruise driverless car works
When you want to get into the vehicle you first have to put in a code on its keypad that’s on the door on the outside. It sort of opens as if like it’s a minivan that opens from both sides you get in.
You have a very spacious interior of the vehicle and that’s obvious because there’s no steering wheel, there are no pedals and there’s no gear shaft. There’s not even really a dashboard or any infotainment system just two bench seats are facing each other.
This sort of vast space in between them. It’s design to be comfortable if it’s share but if it’s just you. You got so much space in here you like stretched out and it’s pretty great. It’s a good experience whether it’s just you or a other. You could do anything as long as your seat belts on.
Other Self-driving operators like Cruise
Now you may have heard of some other self-driving operators like Waymo. Waymo is use to be part of Google and Argo which is back by Ford and Volkswagen. Cruise tied very closely to GM(General Motors) which is the largest auto manufacturer in the US. Cruise has a hundred and sixty self-driving test vehicles that are Chevy Volts electric vehicles here in San Francisco. Here they hope to eventually launch a fully driver less Robo taxi service.
Total Funding of Cruise driverless car
More importantly, they’ve raised about seven billion dollars in venture capital cash over the last couple of years. Which is just like a staggering amount of money for a self-driving car company especially when you consider that they haven’t even scaled a commercial product yet now.
About 2.7 billion of that is coming from the other big auto manufacturer in Cruises corner and that’s Honda. This doesn’t look like any other car in the road that’s because Cruise says it wants to move beyond the car. Arguing that many of the problems that we have today to traced to single-occupancy vehicles.
Well there are some things about removing the driver in the steering wheel and the pedal that eliminates some complexity. As you can see here the way vehicles are designed early. They have a hood in the front where the engine is and some storage in the trunk. When you don’t need all that stuff and you don’t need things placed where they are. We can have this enormous spacious cabin without taking up any more space on the road than a regular car would. It is kind of insane, it leads to a far greater experience for the writer. But then because we built this car around the idea of not having a driver. Specifically being used in a ride share fleet that kind of business you know the vehicle is engineer to last a million miles. All the interior components are replaceable, the computer is replaceable, the sensors are replaceable and what that does is it drives the cost per mile down way low than you could ever reach now.
Cruise Future Plans and Problems
Cruise insists that this is not just the fancy concept which is a really important distinction to make. We’ve seen dozens of radical car concepts over the years that have re-imagined interiors that look like fancy living rooms or bedrooms. None of those have any chance of hitting the road any time soon.
If that Cruise says that this car is going into production. It’s going to be tough getting there Cruise needs a special exemption from the federal government to mass-produce vehicles without traditional human controls like steering wheels and pedals. The federal government only grants about 2,500 exemptions a year. Now GM put in its request for an exemption back in 2018, but it hasn’t gotten it yet and it’s unclear when exactly this car is going to approved to hit the road.
Now Cruise has planned to launch a Robo taxi service in San Francisco before the end of 2019. It didn’t happen, it said the technology wasn’t ready yet and Cruise has said it wanted to test its vehicles in New York City but that never really went anywhere. Now it’s safe to say that Cruise is feeling the heat from its competitors like Uber, Tesla, and Waymo. For now, the Google self-driving car project recently started giving people rides in its self-driving. Google self-driving car has no safety driver in the front seat. This is a pretty enormous leap but the vans still have steering wheels and pedals. Removing the safety driver is a pretty dramatic way of saying that this technology is here.
Conclusion of Cruise driverless car
It’s ready and it works Cruise missed its chance to be the first to launch a taxi service. It missed its chance to be the first to take safety drivers out of the front of the vehicle. With this car, it has the opportunity to be the first to do something. Maybe even more radical that’s changed the conversation moves beyond the car. Come up with an entirely different way of getting around rituals.