Frequently Asked Questions
What does Cruise do?
We’re building the world’s most advanced driverless cars to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about.

How did Cruise get started?
Cruise was founded in 2013 in San Francisco, CA, but our roots can be traced back to the work and vision for the future set by our founders years earlier. What began as a passion for solving the most difficult engineering problems transpired into developing the most advanced self-driving technology for the greater good. We entered Y Combinator in 2014 to shape our vision and develop a plan to build vehicles that are completely driverless. In 2016, we teamed up with General Motors (GM) to help scale our vision to build the world’s largest fleet of driverless cars and we haven’t looked back.

Why should I work at Cruise?
Cruise has the advantage of operating as a lean, fast-moving startup with the support of a Fortune 500 company–we don’t just work on the bleeding edge of technology, we define it. We believe in tackling the most difficult challenges first and taking ownership in each other’s progress by setting each other up for success wherever we can. Check out the careers page to learn more.

How do your driverless cars work?

Today’s test vehicles have a complementary array of sensors, cameras and radars, so that we can navigate complex city streets intelligently and with a 360-degree view of the world around it. Safety design and operational requirements, in compliance with federal, state and local regulations, are our focus as we design our level 4 and level 5 cars for deployment.

In each car alone, we have installed 10 cameras that take picture at a frequency of 10 shots/s. We see more of what is going on around the car at any given time than a driver can, and therefore have greater agility and safer response capabilities.

Our 100% EV Bolt fleet is designed with fully-integrated hardware and software to account for operational capabilities and assurances, such that the operator behind the wheel can take control of the vehicle throughout development and testing. Our sensors allow for comprehensive data collection across traffic, road maintenance and environmental factors. Our cars can adapt to various real-life road situations and especially those that are unanticipated (e.g., a dog darting across the road, an unexpected hard braking by the car in front of us).

Even then, we have a sophisticated simulations team that tests real-world scenarios in zero-consequence, off-road environments. This means that we can simulate the most horrific traffic accidents and unexpected road experiences to train our how our cars can respond.

What technical challenges is Cruise working on?
As innovators in the space, we’re solving problems that have never been solved before in an industry that’s still in its infancy. At Cruise, we have a variety of technical teams with diverse skillsets and experience seamlessly working together to develop self-driving technology for level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles–completely driverless. Whether you’re interested in writing the code that brings our driverless cars to life, or building vehicle hardware to support our software or designing different aspects of the driverless experience, the technical challenges we face push the boundaries of the new frontier in technology. Visit our careers page to learn more about what our teams are working on.

Where can I see your driverless cars on the road today?
Our driverless cars are on the road in California, Arizona, and Michigan navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments. We look forward to introducing this amazing technology to more communities soon.

What’s your relationship with GM?
In 2016, we teamed up with GM to help scale our vision for a driverless future. Together, Cruise and GM are investing over $14 million in an R&D facility in San Francisco, CA and expanding our workforce by 1,100 full-time employees. This partnership gives Cruise a unique advantage in terms of our ability to provide people with safer, reliable, and more accessible transportation options quicker.

Describe your company culture
We’re a highly collaborative and diverse group of people that places a premium on helping each other succeed, because we all share the same vision for a driverless future and believe working together is the only way to make it a reality. Each person here understands how their role contributes to the larger vision of a driverless future and appreciates the importance of doing their job well. To support each person, Cruise invests heavily in recreational activities and social events, professional development, and perks that encourage work-life balance–like minimums for vacation time that must be used :)

Who is Kyle Vogt?
Kyle Vogt is an engineer, entrepreneur, and robotics pioneer who is redefining the future of human mobility. In 2013, Kyle founded Cruise Automation, which under his leadership as CEO developed the first driverless fleet of Chevy Bolt EVs that are currently on the road in cities across the U.S. In 2016, Kyle and Cruise partnered with General Motors to help scale his vision for a driverless future, which under his leadership as CEO developed the first driverless car fleet to be widely tested in San Francisco and is now testing states across the U.S. His interest in self-driving technology stemmed from competing in Battlebots at an early age. At 14 years old, Kyle had built a self-driving power wheels car that used a webcam, computer vision, and a power window motor to follow yellow lines in a parking lot. As an undergrad at MIT, he worked on the DARPA Grand Challenge where he co-led a team to retrofit a Ford F-150 with drive by wire capability and sensors. Prior to Cruise, Kyle co-founded Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Socialcam (acquired by Autodesk), and, where he gained a following through an MIT email listserv ‘call to action’ and hero coded the project.
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