Cruise to hit Houston streets again after nationwide pause — this time with human drivers

Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous ride-hail venture is about to hit Houston streets again, six months after the company put its nascent service on a nationwide pause.

This time with human drivers in a handful of cars…

Those drivers will be validating the vehicles’ previous data and collecting more data for when the service moves back into driverless mode.

The company did not offer a timeline for when it hopes to have driverless service operational again.

Instead, the company is hoping a slower, more deliberate rollout will rebuild trust with local communities and gain feedback while also getting the vehicles in line with new, internal safety standards. A company spokesperson said there will be three driver-operated vehicles in Bellaire, West University Place, and The Villages with hopes of later expanding to the Fifth Ward area. The company had 25 vehicles in service during its original rollout last year.

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