GM’s autonomous driving subsidiary, Cruise, is to acquire fellow AD developer Voyage, whose robotaxi model has focused on providing services in retirement communities, using its G1, 2 and 3 vehicles.
Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron, who will join Cruise as VP product development, commented, “At Voyage, we’ve been laser-focused on delivering a product that benefits the lives of real people. Voyage’s approach has always been to leverage our limited resources to deliver a product that restores mobility to those who need it most: senior citizens. We’ve made tremendous progress toward this goal, moving countless senior citizens (some as old as 92) around their communities. Now at Cruise, we are thrilled to have the substantial resources to eventually serve not just senior citizens, but every possible demographic that stands to benefit from self-driving services.”
Voyage’s three key technologies – Commander (self-driving AI), Shield (collision mitigation system) and Telessist (remote assistance solution) – will likely be incorporated into Cruise’s systems.
“After being intimately involved with the AV industry for the last five years, I can say with certainty that Cruise – with its advanced self-driving technology, unique auto-maker partnerships and all-electric purpose-built vehicle with no human controls – is poised to be the clear leader. I am thrilled that key members of our Voyage team – particularly those who worked on our third-generation robotaxi – will be able to use their extensive experience in vehicle development to put their stamp on the Cruise Origin, delivering a better and safer future for our roadways,” concluded Cameron.