GM moved into 2018 with the announcement that it intended to deploy autonomous Bolts with no driver or steering wheel by 2019, pending regulatory approval. It planned to deploy self-driving cars for testing in Manhattan by “early 2018,” but the company has yet to secure a permit to begin driving in New York, Jalopnik recently reported.


If Cruise deploys a driverless car pilot this year, it would join its main competitor, Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo, which plans to launch a driverless taxi service later this year. GM Cruise announced a deal last week with tech investment firm SoftBank, which said it would invest $2.25 billion in Cruise.

It’s unclear if the training exercise Cruise sought to organize in San Francisco has yet to be completed. A spokesperson for the police department told Jalopnik: At this time SFPD has not participated in exercises involving AV’s. The Mayors office is working with the City Attorney to work out a system for requests. We want to be fair to all companies and provide the same information.


On May 23, Katie Angotti, director of state and federal legislative affairs for the mayor’s office, asked Cruise if it was “interested in providing our first responders with a safety briefing to discuss any toxic or dangerous materials they should be aware” of.

“There has been movement in the request of how to handle the requests to use the city’s first responders/vehicles for data collection and I am now waiting to hear back from leadership as to the specific arrangement,” Angotti said. “I will share it with you as soon as I hear back.”