GM Cruise’s autonomous vehicles to hit the streets for testing without a human backup by the end of the year

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General Motors’ Cruise will begin testing its autonomous vehicles without a human backup by the end of the year, according to a blog post Thursday by the subsidiary unit’s CEO Dan Ammann.Continue Reading BelowAmmann noted that the company was issued a permit by the California Department of Motor Vehicle, giving the company’s self-driving cars the greenlight to hit the streets of San Francisco.US OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF FIRES IN CHEVY BOLT ELECTRIC VEHICLESWhile he acknowledged that Cruise is not the first to receive such an approval, he argued that the company will be the first to “put it to use on the streets of a major U.S. city.””Safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation,” Ammann added. “It will be a low key, quiet moment. But the echo could be loud.”A Cruise spokesperson told FOX Business that while the company believes it has reached a point where its vehicles can safely operate without humans, there is currently no date set for starting a …

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