Cruise will launch its first international robotaxi service in Dubai. The company will start testing its vehicles in 2023, with plans to launch a commercial ride-hailing service soon after, though it hasn’t specified an actual date.
Cruise will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, which it first unveiled in 2019. The company does not plan on utilizing its Chevy Bolt electric vehicles that it currently uses as part of its test fleet in San Francisco. Cruise said the goal is to scale up to at least 4,000 vehicles in Dubai by the year 2030.
Dubai may be a natural fit for Cruise’s fully autonomous vehicles. The kingdom has the goal of 20 percent of its trips taking place in autonomous vehicles by 2030.