Cruise, the self-driving division of General Motors, tweeted on Wednesday that it has begun gathering data and doing preliminary testing in Miami. The project’s first phase, according to the company, is to familiarise our fleet with a wider range of road conditions while gathering data.
The announcement follows Cruise’s expansion into Dallas and Houston by two months. There, the AV industry has begun undergone testing and is on track to deploy driverless ride-hailing for the general public “soon,” according to a Cruise official.
The majority of Cruise’s operations have been in San Francisco, the city where it was founded and where it squares off against Alphabet’s Waymo. Cruise did not specify whether it intended to deploy its own Cruise Origins on the streets in Miami in place of its driverless Chevrolet Bolts.
The business will put “tens of thousands” of Origins on public roads in the coming years, according to Dan Ammann, then-CEO of Cruise, who made the statement in October 2021.
Cruise is not the first AV business to reach Miami. Argo AI, which has Ford’s support, started testing a driverless service in Miami last year. Although Argo has now closed, the original idea was to integrate the service with Lyft’s platform.