In developing its COVID-19 plan, Cruise says it consulted an epidemiologist as well as research from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since Cruise's new robotaxi, called the Origin, is an electric vehicle purpose-built for autonomy and ride-sharing, the company spent the early part of 2020 rethinking what the interior would look like and how customers would handle the ride experience.
Cruise's solutions mimic Argo's, with improved filtration and "an elegant, clear barrier that would have felt extremely claustrophobic in a traditional car." The barrier "completely isolate[s] each person" and allows Cruise to still put two people from different households into the vehicle at one time. The company also will offer hand sanitizer and wipes and require masks in the vehicles.