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GM’s Cruise plans careful re-launch for driverless robotaxis

The San Francisco skyline is seen behind a self-driving GM Bolt EV during a media event where Cruise, GM’s autonomous car unit, showed off its self-driving cars in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
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Nov 22 (Reuters) – General Motors’ (GM.N) robotaxi unit Cruise is planning to re-launch in one city, the company said on Wednesday.
Cruise had pulled all its vehicles from U.S. testing after an Oct. 2 accident in San Francisco that involved another vehicle and ended with one of its self-driving taxis dragging a pedestrian.
“Once we have taken steps to improve our safety culture and rebuild trust, our strategy is to re-launch in one city and prove our performance there, before expanding,” the company said.
Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt resigned on Sunday, a day after apologizing to staff as the company undergoes a safety review of its U.S. fleet, followed by its co-founder and chief product officer Daniel Kan leaving the company.
Axios had first reported the news of the re-launch on Wednesday.
Reporting by Samrhitha Arunasalam in Bengaluru and and David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Arun Koyyur
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