Challenges for deploying autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing service

Technology Trends

While companies are coming closer to launching highly autonomous vehicles in commercial ride-hailing service, expanding such services in multiple locations will be an initial challenge

Cruise Automation, a company majority owned by General Motors (GM), unveiled its first fully autonomous electric car ‘Origin’ in January, for use in ride-sharing service. The production-ready Origin is a driverless shuttle and features no conventional controls and supports like steering wheel, pedals, rear view mirror, and windshield wipers. The shuttle is equipped with multi-layered sensors to keep track of people and objects, and features a necessary redundancy system to eliminate any point of failure across sensing, compute, networking or power. Inside, the Origin features bench-like seats facing each other, and sliding doors to enable easy entry and exit for passengers, making is more suitable for use in ride-sharing service.

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