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GM Plans To Stop Making The Cruise Autonomous Van

GM Plans To Stop Making The Cruise Autonomous Van
Only a few days after the company stated it was suspending all driverless activities, General Motors has already announced that it intends to temporarily stop manufacturing of its fully automated Cruise Origin van.
Forbes broke the news of the change first, using an audio recording of Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt's speech at an all-hands meeting.
Vogt reportedly informed the employees during the meeting that the firm has already produced hundreds of Origin cars, stating that this was "more than enough for the near-term when we are ready to ramp things back up." Forbes reports that Vogt said this to the team.
A representative for General Motors told Reuters that "we are finishing production on a small number of pre-commercial vehicles and after that, plan to temporarily pause production."
"We believe autonomous vehicles will transform the way people move around the world, and the Origin is an important part of the AV journey," the spokesperson added.
General Motors' driverless car division, Cruise, announced last month that it will suspend operations nationwide in response to California regulators suspending the robotaxi operator's licence on the grounds that autonomous cars posed a risk to the general public.
In February 2022, Cruise filed a petition with US regulators to be allowed to roll out up to 2,500 autonomous Origin vehicles every year without the need for human controls like steering wheels.
Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had stated in July that it would rule on the petition in "weeks," it launched a fresh inquiry last month to see if Cruise is going above and beyond in protecting pedestrians, following the start of an earlier, ongoing investigation in December.
GM, Cruise, and Honda collaborated to build the Cruise Origin car, which was manufactured in Detroit.
It was announced on Friday by Cruise that the board has engaged Quinn Emanuel, a legal firm, to examine management's comments to authorities looking into an accident that happened on October 2, and Exponent, a technology consultancy, to examine Cruise's technology.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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