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GM Demos Robocars in San Francisco

Cruise Automation, the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors, has taken observers on rides in a more challenging environment than rival Waymo chose for a similar demonstration a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, Cruise sent a few select journalists through the busy streets of San Francisco. Today, it sent investment analysts as well. Waymo, for its part, conducted its first public rides at a test facility and soon afterward , in the sedate suburban streets of Chandler, Ariz. Both companies deployed versions of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, an all-electric car that can drive an impressively long way on a single charge. But though GM’s Cruise took on a big city, that doesn’t mean it’s in the lead. There’s also the question of safety: Cruise felt the need to plant safety drivers behind the wheel, whereas Waymo recently relegated them to the back seat. And in Tuesday’s test, one Cruise’s ...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/...

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