In preparation for its highly anticipated ride-hailing app, General Motors has built one of the largest charging stations in the U.S. in a parking garage near Embarcadero.
The location is a popular spot for ride-hailing services and the charging site will consist of 18 charging stations, reports Bloomberg.
The fleet of self-driving taxis, comprised of heavily modified Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, are slated to hit the road in 2019.
The company has been expanding on its home turf, having recently leased three buildings in San Francisco, and is currently recruiting heavily for talent. A decision on the exact date of a launch has not been released.
"It’s an indication that Cruise is getting ready to commercialize autonomous ride-hailing services for the public and it will be in San Francisco," Grayson Brulte, co-founder of consulting firm Brulte & Co., told Bloomberg. "I imagine they would want to own and operate the service."
A GM spokesman said only that the automaker is still working toward commercializing its self-driving car service and that the company hasn’t decided whether to own the business or find partners. He declined to comment on the location.
“For us the gating metric that determines when we take the driver out of the car is safety,” Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt told the Business Times in June.