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GM’s Cruise and BrightDrop Explore Self-Driving Electric Vans

  • Early-stage work being done for package-delivery project
  • Automaker’s CEO aims for future with no crashes, no emissions
A Cruise vehicle in San Francisco. 

A Cruise vehicle in San Francisco. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Cruise LLC, the self-driving startup controlled by General Motors Co., is working with the automaker’s BrightDrop electric van business on a plan to develop autonomous delivery vehicles, people familiar with the matter said.

Cruise and BrightDrop have started early-stage work that could eventually put a self-driving system into the electric vans, potentially creating a driverless package-delivery service, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the collaboration. The nascent project could be a logical next step for GM, whose Cruise unit has mostly been focused on getting its robotaxi business running and generating revenue.