December 9, 2020 at 10:32 am

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / AP) – San Francisco will serve as a testing ground for General Motors’ self-driving car company Cruise, which plans to introduce driverless taxi service to compete with ridesharing agencies like Uber and Lyft.

The move, announced Wednesday by GM-owned Cruise, comes two months after the company received California permits to drive completely driverless cars in the state.

Like dozens of other companies testing robotic technology, Cruise’s self-driving cars have been allowed to drive on California’s public roads for several years, with people behind the wheel allowed to take control in an emergency. Now Cruise is confident enough to send out its self-driving cars without this safety net, even though they will continue to be monitored by people from distant locations rather than inside the vehicle.