By Kirsten Korosec

Cruise, GM’s self-driving technology subsidiary, has started the long and winding regulatory process to test its next-generation “Origin” robotaxi on public roads in San Francisco.

The company has applied for a permit with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its custom-built driverless vehicle on public roads. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed to TechCrunch by Cruise.

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