It didn’t take long for GM and Cruise Automation to put the results of their alliance on the road. Following GM’s March 2016 purchase of the San Francisco-based startup, Cruise is now testing GM Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with its self-driving technology on the city’s streets.
Cruise is also listing job openings for a fleet of engineers, again all to work in San Francisco. The rush to combine driverless vehicle technology with electric cars and to use them with ride-sharing firms is on. In GM’s case, its $500 million investment in ride-sharing company Lyft looks likely to push forward the alliance with Cruise. No timeline has been announced for when we can expect to see driverless Bolt EVs responding to our ride hail call with a big pink mustache on the front bumper, but it might be sooner than we thought.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV won the Digital Trends Best of Show Award at CES 2016 in January. The Bolt EV is expected to have a 200-mile range and to cost approximately $30,000 after incentives.