GM's Cruise heads down new road with new robotaxi concept

General Motors Driverless Car
Posted at 4:43 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 05:24:07-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company will attempt to deliver on its long-running promise to provide a more environmentally friendly ride-hailing service in an unorthodox vehicle designed to eliminate the need for human operators to transport people around crowded cities.

The service from GM's Cruise subsidiary will rely on a boxy, electric-powered vehicle called "Origin" that was unveiled Tuesday amid much fanfare.

It looks like a cross between a mini-van and sports utility vehicle with one huge exception — it won't have any steering wheel or brakes.

Cruise didn't provide several key details, including when and where the service will be available.