>> For the first time ever Cruise and GM are showing off their self-driving cars to a select group of media. I'm Reuters correspondent Alexandria Sage in San Francisco. I've been driven around in about a half a dozen self-driving cars, but this is the first time with Cruise. The startup that GM bought early last year for a reported $1 billion.
I was instructed to choose one of four different routes. I chose a very complex busy environment in downtown San Francisco, that I thought would be a challenge for the car and it, and it was. At one point, we got stuck behind a taco truck where construction workers were ordering their lunch, and it took awhile for the car to figure out what to do, we just sat there.
Finally, the driver disengaged the program, took over the wheel, and we went around the taco truck. GM says that it specifically wants to drive in San Francisco because of all of the challenges it presents. So it says that its driving is not comperable to the driving that some of its competitors do in more suburban areas, like Google's Mountain View.
They say that driving in San Francisco is 46 times more complicated than those suburban environments. But GM says it's absolutely important that when they do scale up, it's on a broad scale to help everybody. So what's important here is, how quickly they can get to scale, and how quickly they can make these cars and put them on the roads to help real people.