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GM’s Cruise delays autonomous ride service beyond 2019

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DETROIT (AP) — The top executive of General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit said in a blog post that the company won’t start a self-driving ride service this year as once promised.

GM Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said the company still plans to deploy the service in San Francisco, but more testing is needed to make sure it is safe.

He didn’t say when Cruise will offer the service without human backup drivers, but said it will be beyond the end of this year.

In November of 2017, GM told investors it planned to start the service by the end of 2019.

But the company has backed off that pledge of late. A fatal crash involving an Uber autonomous test vehicle in March of 2018 slowed nearly all development as companies checked safety systems.

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