Cruise, the driverless car company that’s a subsidiary of GM, has just opened a sign-up page for people in San Francisco hoping to catch a free ride in one of their cars.
Potential riders can sign up for a ride on an undetermined date in the future, and there’s no guarantee they’ll be picked. Cruise will select riders from the waitlist, and start offering the rides in “weeks not months,” according to the Chronicle.
Cruise will be servicing areas of San Francisco’s Nob Hill, Fillmore, Panhandle, Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods from 11am-5pm. Each of the cars has fun names like “Sourdough,” “Tostada,” and “Disco.”
Cruise has been test-driving driverless cars since November, in competition with Google’s Waymo, another driverless car company which has been providing rides to San Franciscans through the Waymo One app since August.
Cruise prioritizes sustainable energy when powering its cars via a “Farm to Fleet” method, in which the company purchases renewable energy credits from farms’ solar panels in California’s Central Valley. They are the first and only AV company committing to powering their all-electric cars with 100% renewable energy.
The success and prevalence of driverless cars has gone back-and-forth for a while now, and that “weeks not months” pledge has some gray area for a reason. But if you want to put your name in for a free ride sometime in the future, you can do so on Cruise’s sign-up list.
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