For Cruise robotaxi business, GM considers ‘outside investments’

Barra told investors that GM is “very excited about where we are in the technology and very much believe in it.” She explained that operations in Phoenix will progress from full-time human drivers to supervised autonomous driving and then to “unsupervised,” or driverless, operations. Barra said GM wants to demonstrate “that the model works in one city” and then expand it to other cities.

Cruise lost its permit to operate driverless vehicles in California in October. A bill working its way through the California state legislature would give the state’s cities and counties the authority to regulate autonomous vehicle services within their jurisdictions. “Under current California law, state agencies are the only regulatory bodies with any regulatory authority over AV operations,” said Peter Finn, Teamsters International western region vice president and president of Teamsters Joint Council 7, in an emailed statement. “This isn’t just dangerous, it’s widely unpopular and concerning to voters.”

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