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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Here's the Origin, the future autonomous taxi concept

At present vehicles that apply autonomous driving technology are becoming a trend in the world's automotive industry. This can be seen from one startup of General Motors' subsidiary, named Cruise Automation which recently launched a fully autonomous concept vehicle called Cruise Origin.
The Cruise Origin concept in a city setting. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GOkuHU)
Until now the company has not mentioned in detail the technical specifications of the autonomous vehicle. However, the company only mentioned the vehicle's construction purpose, namely to reduce the level of congestion, pollution, and as an effort to provide public transportation services at an affordable cost. Besides that, the company also confirmed that the vehicle is using a General Motors' electric vehicles platform.
Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt shows off the company’s first autonomous vehicle, the Origin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38TXyTE)
Because this car applies an autonomous driving system, so it is natural that Cruise Origin does not have a steering wheel and the pedals that are common in cars in general. All components are removed to expand the space inside the car. Yes, in the vehicle's cabin there are two rows of seats facing each other, and it seems the vehicle designer wants to give the impression of the vehicle's cabin like a lounge that has spacious legroom for each its passenger.
The Cruise Origin has no steering wheel or pedals, room for six and will call San Francisco its home to start. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38TXyTE)
It was also stated that the company was very concerned about safety as one of the most important aspects of an autonomous vehicle so that Cruise Origin had a multitude of sensors installed in layers and designed to track many people and objects while the vehicle uses. In addition, these sophisticated sensing systems can also be used in dark conditions and even bad weather such as rainy or foggy.

The company said that when the car is operated for the public in San Francisco, users can order it online so they can save the US $ 5,000 (approx Rp.68 million) a year compared if they owning a private car or even using a taxi service. In addition, Cruise Origin is claimed to have wearability of more than 1.6 million km.
But unfortunately, until now Cruise Automation has not provided a statement when the autonomous vehicle will be launched and used for the public or about the travel fare that should be issued by users if it is operated. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CRUISE AUTOMATION | EXTREMETECH | DETROIT BUREAU]
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