Cruise expands supervised self-driving ride-hailing to Houston and Dallas
Cruise is rolling out its self-driving cars to more cities -- specifically, to Houston and Dallas as it expands its Texas-based presence. Cruise already started testing its vehicles in Austin at the end of last year, and announced plans to begin testing its Origin built-for-purpose robotaxis there earlier in 2023.
Cruise said via their Twitter account that they'll kick off supervised (meaning, there's a safety driver in the car) testing in Houston "in the coming days," and will expand to Dallas shortly after. For now, consumers won't have access to these vehicles, but that's the eventual goal. Cruise will shift to driverless testing before opening it up to riders.
Interested individuals can use Cruise's sign-up page to join the waitlist, as the program will be invite-only initially, though open to the general public in terms of requesting access.
It's been a busy year for Cruise, with expansion of its testing program to new locales, and also a broadening of its pilot program in San Francisco, where its cars are now available to hail 24 hours a day throughout the city -- for employees only initially, however.