At a GM investor event on Oct. 6, Dan Ammann, CEO of GM's self-driving subsidiary Cruise, showed a graphic illustrating the growth of Cruise's self-driving fleet size, which indicated that it will reach at least 1 million vehicles by 2030, CNBC reported.
Ammann said the company plans to rapidly ramp up its business, but did not discuss the 2030 target in detail. Later, a Cruise spokesman commented that "that’s where the company believes it can be."
To achieve that goal, Cruise has to obtain approval from the relevant federal and state government authorities.
Cruise has been conducting tests of its robotaxis in San Francisco for the past few years, and Ammann said it expects to charge for the robotaxi service as early as next year, pending final permission from the state of California.
As of last week, Cruise had obtained five out of the six permits required to operate self-driving vehicles commercially. Waymo has obtained a similar permit, but it requires the presence of safety drivers.
Cruise also plans to extend its robotaxi business to overseas markets. Earlier this year, the company signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to become the exclusive provider of robotaxis and online ride-hailing services in the country by 2029. This will further drive the deployment of Cruise's self-driving fleet at scale.
GM's Cruise Plans to Deploy 1 Million Self-driving Vehicles by 2030