Cruise woes prompt production halt of fully driverless van

The interior of Cruz's original vehicle.

General Motors-owned Cruise has halted production of its fully driverless vehicle – the Origin – just a week after suspending robotaxi operations nationwide following a series of disturbing incidents involving its cars.

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt announced the news during a meeting with employees on Monday, according to Forbes, which obtained audio of the meeting.

The Origin Van is a purpose-built driverless vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals and was promoted as the future of Cruise’s robotaxi efforts for cities across the US.

The company unveiled the Origin (below) three years ago and built it at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck factory. But with regulators not quite ready for such a design, Cruise is testing its autonomous tech using a modified Chevy Bolt with a steering wheel and pedals.

Vogt reportedly told employees on Monday that General Motors-owned Cruise has already manufactured “hundreds” of Origin vans and they will be deployed “when we’re ready to ramp things back up.” has contacted Cruz for comment and we’ll update here when we hear back.

Cruise suspended nationwide testing on October 26, just days after the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) suspended robotaxi permits in the state following a series of worrying incidents. The most worrying of these occurred in San Francisco in early October when a woman became trapped under the wheels of a Cruise car after it collided with another vehicle.

Several Cruise self-driving vehicles blocked traffic in other incidents in recent months. One person even walked on wet concrete before getting stuck.

“The most important thing for us at this time is to take steps to rebuild public trust,” Cruz said when announcing the suspension of his operations. “Part of this involves looking deep within ourselves and paying attention to how we function on the cruise, even if it means doing things that are uncomfortable or difficult.”

Only after the company has fully assessed its situation will we know how it plans to move forward, and whether it will return to manufacturing Origin vans for robotaxi and delivery services.

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