Production of the fully driverless van is halted due to cruise issues.

Production of the fully driverless van is halted due to cruise issues.

After several alarming events involving its cars, General Motors-owned Cruise terminated robotaxi operations nationally a little over a week ago and ceased manufacturing of its completely autonomous vehicle, the Origin.

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt made the announcement on Monday during a staff meeting, according to audio that Forbes was able to secure.

The Origin van, a specially designed autonomous car without a pedal board or steering wheel, was heralded as the next big thing in Cruise’s robotaxi endeavours for American cities.

Three years ago, the business revealed the Origin (below), which was constructed at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Regulators aren’t nearly ready for this kind of design, so Cruise has been testing its autonomous technology with a modified Chevy Bolt that still has pedals and a steering wheel.

Vogt allegedly informed employees on Monday that “hundreds” of Origin vans have already been created by General Motors-owned Cruise, and that they will be deployed “when we are ready to ramp things back up.” Cruise has been contacted by Digital Trends for comment; we will provide an update here as soon as we hear back.

Just a few days after the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revoked Cruise’s robotaxi authorization in the state in response to several concerning occurrences, the company announced on October 26 that it was suspending testing nationwide. The most alarming of these happened in San Francisco at the beginning of October when a woman was hit by another automobile and ended up trapped beneath the wheel of a cruise car.

In several other occurrences in the past few months, a number of Cruise autonomous cars have obstructed traffic. Before becoming trapped, one even drove onto wet concrete.

When Cruise announced that it was stopping operations, it stated that “rebuilding public trust is the most important thing for us right now.” “Taking a close look at how we operate at Cruise and looking inward is part of this, even if it means doing things that are uncomfortable or difficult.”

We won’t know the company’s ambitions or whether it will resume manufacturing the Origin van for robotaxi and delivery services until it has thoroughly evaluated its situation.

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