Kyle Vogt, Cruise Chief Technology Officer (left), with Oliver Cameron, CEO of Voyage, who will join Cruise as part of an acquisition of the company.
General Motors’ majority autonomous auto subsidiary Cruise has agreed to acquire Voyage, a self-driving auto start company that operates in retirement homes.
The companies, which did not disclose the terms of the contract, announced on Monday in a blog post by Oliver Cameron, CEO of Voyage, who will join Cruise as Vice President of Product. Cruise spokesman Ray Wert declined to comment on the cost of the deal.
It is unclear how long Cruise will continue to operate in the retirement homes. Wert said the “communities they serve are not on our immediate roadmap.” Instead, Cruise is focused on starting a robotaxi business in San Francisco. A majority of Voyage’s 60 employees are expected to move to Cruise, Wert said.
“Voyage is closely aligned with our mission and shares our attitude towards safety, accessibility, cost and convenience for customers,” said Wert in an email. “Your talented team is highly productive and resourceful, with direct experience developing a full-stack AV solution that will help accelerate our efforts to build the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles.”
The acquisition contributes to ongoing consolidation in the autonomous vehicle space after years of touting the technology as the next multi-billion dollar market for transportation companies. Some companies like Uber Technologies have given up in-house development of the systems while others like Zoox have been sold to Amazon. Alphabet’s Waymo remains the best-known leader and operates a public autonomous vehicle fleet in Arizona.
Cruise has stood firm in its testing since it was acquired by GM in 2016. The company has expanded its registered test fleet to more than 200 vehicles, but has not yet announced when it plans to offer a fleet of Robotaxi to the public in San Francisco. This was originally planned for 2019.
Other investors in Cruise now include Honda Motor, SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft, and others.
The Cruise Voyage deal is still subject to customary closing conditions.