San Francisco residents have only been able to use the autonomous Cruise service at night. However, the company began accepting passengers for its autonomous mobility service during the day, as per EV Magz.
Before, Cruise offered autonomous mobility services at night in San Francisco, but the service has also expanded to run during the day.
Cruise’s CEO, Kyle Vogt, announced the company’s first autonomous mobility service during the day on Twitter.
Currently, Cruise’s autonomous mobility service is only available to select users but will be extended to the general public soon.
Notably, the company is a subsidiary of General Motors that centers on developing autonomous mobility services. Cruise employs modified Chevy Bolts known as ‘Cruise AVs’ as their autonomous taxi fleet.
There are about 70 Cruise AVs operating in the service. In addition, it has about 300 AVs across its operations in Austin, Phoenix, and San Francisco.
Cruise fare using distance & estimated time
Fares include a $5 base fee, a $0.90 per mile, and a $0.40 per minute rate. Also, 1.5% city tax is included in the cost. An approximated fare is calculated by the distance of the fastest, most optimal route and the estimated time. Cruise says that estimate fares with customers and will charge that amount if the distance and time of the actual ride take longer. The company does not have surge pricing.
The services at night are carried out to decrease safety risks for other road users. However, Cruise is confident that its Robot Taxi can handle heavier daytime traffic.
Cruise to complete self-driving public rides & deliveries by the end of 2022
During General Motors’ Q3 earnings call, Vogt stated, “the company remains on track to complete its first commercial driverless public rides and deliveries by the end of this year.”