Competition in the autonomous driverless vehicle space revved up this week – with Cruise becoming the first company to get the okay to test cars on the streets of San Francisco without a driver or passengers.
Cruise, which is majority owned by General Motors and counts Honda Motor Co. and SoftBank Group as investors, has been testing 180 self-driving cars in San Francisco with a safety driver behind the wheel.
The new permit allows for five of those cars to roam empty.
Cruise is the fifth company to receive the driverless permit in California - the rest are limited to cities in Silicon Valley that are easier to navigate.
Cruise cars can go anywhere on San Francisco streets at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, and can drive both day and night.