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Self-driving electric Origin vans are coming to Cruise's San Francisco fleet–someday. Cruise. Expectations for exactly when self-driving vehicles will be ready for commercialization have grown cloudier in the past year but Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous tech unit, is upbeat that it’s on track to launch a robotaxi service in San Francisco with a spacious battery-powered van it plans to put into production. Dubbed the Origin, the Cruise vehicle jettisons a steering wheel, pedals, windshield wipers and many other conventional vehicle features to create roomy cabin with two sets of inward-facing seats for passengers. The boxy vehicle was jointly developed with engineers from GM, Cruise and... Full story

22 January