Cruise Automation has purchased Strobe, a startup company that says it has made a “LIDAR on a chip” that cost 99% less than traditional LIDAR sensors.
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Self driving cars from Cruise Automation were involved in 6 crashes in September — none of them due to failures by its autonomous driving technology.
Cruise Automation says it now has the first production ready self driving car. Tesla fans may dispute that claim.
Lyft says it expects the majority of rides in 2021 will be in self driving electric cars. It pledges that it will use 100% renewable energy to keep those cars charged. Some may be autonomous Chevy Bolt electrics from GM.
Sources tell Reuters that the GM autonomous car fleet could number in the thousands as soon as 2018. GM will use the Chevy Bolt as the basis for is self driving cars.
Cruise Automation has begun testing Chevy Bolt cars equipped with autonomous driving cameras and sensors on the streets of San Francisco.
GM has agreed to purchase autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation of San Francisco for $1 billion. The company will become part of GM’s self-driving car development group.