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Robotaxis to resume trials on US public roads as new technology is tested

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General Motors’ autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, is preparing to restart testing its self-driving taxis on public roads, with safety drivers, in the coming weeks. Bloomberg News reported that potential locations for this resumption include Houston and Dallas.

Cruise had halted its U.S. operations in October after an incident in San Francisco involving one of its self-driving taxis and a pedestrian struck by another vehicle. The company’s spokesperson, Sara Autio, stated that they have not yet finalized a timeline for deployment. Their primary goal is to resume operations in a single city, using manually driven vehicles and supervised testing, once they have taken steps to rebuild trust with regulators and the public.

Currently, Cruise is actively engaging with officials in various markets to gather information, provide updates, and restore confidence. Reuters has also reported that Cruise is considering Houston and Dallas as potential locations for testing, with plans to deploy as few as 10 cars in each city, all without passengers.

Recent accidents involving self-driving taxis from GM and Alphabet’s Waymo have increased pressure from labor unions and lawmakers for stricter regulation of autonomous vehicles. In January, Cruise confirmed that both the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating the October robotaxi accident.

Safety remains a key focus as the industry works toward widespread adoption of self-driving technology.

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