Cruise will launch robotaxi services in Phoenix and Austin by the end of the year

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A robot car of the General Motors subsidiary Cruise is on a test drive. | Photo by Andrej Sokolow / picture alliance via Getty Images

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle company owned by General Motors, will launch a robotaxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin, Texas, before the end of 2022, the company’s CEO said today.

The company currently operates a ride-hailing service in only one city, San Francisco, where it received permission to begin charging customers for rides earlier this year. That service took years to scale up; Cruise now says it can do the same in two new cities in 90 days.

The company has done autonomous testing in Phoenix through a delivery partnership with Walmart. But it has yet to deploy any vehicles in Austin, which Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said was unprecedented.

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Author: Andrew J. Hawkins