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General Motors resumes its robo-taxi service Cruise in Houston with human drivers

General Motors’ embattled self-driving taxi service Cruise announced Tuesday that it will begin testing again around Houston. Cruise announced that they will start with human taxi drivers and then move to “autonomous driving overseen by safety drivers in the coming weeks.”

Cruise’s announcement comes around the same time General Motors Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson The automaker’s capital injection was announced at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Industry Conference in New York. Another $850 million Enter a Robotaxi company to cover operating costs.

Cruise is nothing more than a giant money pit for GM. Last year, the company plugged in its self-driving taxis when a car in its San Francisco fleet struck a pedestrian, who was thrown into the path of the self-driving taxi by another vehicle and was They were dragged about 20 feet after being pinned by a tire. California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Less than a month later, the company’s license was suspended. cruise laid off Nearly a quarter of employees and Fire nine executives including the company’s co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogy following an investigation into the accident.

From that point on, Cruise slowly but surely began to show new signs of life. In April, the company announced it would Begins redeploying its services in Phoenix. Just like in Houston, Cruise’s cars will still be monitored and operated by humans. According to reports, the self-driving taxi company also plans to expand its services to other cities by “working with officials and community leaders.” Company Blogbut gave no timetable for when it would be extended.

Updated June 11 at 5:45 pm ET: This article was updated after publication to clarify that Cruise’s return to Houston is currently limited to testing and not charging fares.

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