In a statement, Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving car unit said, it has unveiled an electric vehicle without any steering wheel or pedals for use in its planned autonomous ride-sharing service.
Cruise did not disclose when the car will go into production.
The vehicle, named “Cruise Origin”, was developed with Honda Motor Co Ltd following the latter taking a minority stake in Cruise in 2018, in an effort to catch up with rivals in developing a technology with high costs and risks and no market-ready products.
Dan Ammann, Cruise’s Chief Executive Officer, said the vehicle sporting sliding doors will be used for the company’s own ride-hailing service.
Ammann did not elaborate on when the new service will be lanched.
Cruise will need a waiver from U.S. regulators to operate vehicles without human controls.
Cruise was last valued in May 2019 at $19 billion following a $1.15 billion investment round. Previously, it paused a plan of launching a robotaxi service by the end of 2019.