GM’s Robocar Service Now Drives Employees Around SF for Free

WIRED | 8/9/2017 | Alex Davies
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If there’s anything to be said for working at a Silicon Valley tech company, it’s the perks. Walls of snacks. Nap pods. Fridges stuffed with Red Bull. And for select employees at Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous driving outfit in San Francisco, rides anywhere in the city, for free, in a self-driving car.

The program’s launch marks a turning point for Cruise, which GM bought in 2015 for $600 million, as it switches from developing autonomous technology to building a self-driving taxi service. And of course, it’s more than a fringe benefit for hardworking engineers. It marks a new chapter in the development of technology Cruise has spent three years on. Real-world testing will reveal how the vehicles handles the road, and the people it carries.

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“The Incredibly important thing you gain is the perspective of an actual end user,” says Karl Iagnemma, CEO of Nutonomy, a rival self-driving company that has run a similar pilot in Singapore. This is the bit where you see if people feel comfortable with how the car drives, how your dispatch system works,...
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