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GM's Cruise Pushes Past Glitches to Map Robotaxi Expansion

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt says biggest hurdle is how fast GM can churn out autonomous vehicles. 

A Cruise vehicle in San Francisco.

A Cruise vehicle in San Francisco.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It was a bit surprising when Cruise, the autonomous vehicle startup that’s 80% owned by General Motors, said it planned to expand its robotaxi service to Phoenix and Austin over the next three months.

The company had just recalled a previous version of its self-driving software that was in use when a car got in an accident with a human-driven Toyota Prius back in June. That same month, a bug in the system caused about a dozen Cruise autonomous vehicles to all stop in one intersection, blocking traffic for hours. There were no serious injuries — and the Prius driver was speeding — but it seemed like one of the many moments when self-driving technology had some glitches and needed to pause.