Eagle-eyed commenters noticed there were several types of vehicle icons and wondered whether they had any meaning.
Cruise’s letter to the CPUC
The answer has been hiding in plain sight. Two weeks later, on December 16, 2022, Cruise submitted an Advice Letter (PDF, 23 MB) to the California Public Utilities Commission. They were requesting an expansion of Cruise’s driverless deployment permit.
Page 48 contains a screenshot of Cruise’s fleet monitoring dashboard:
6.3. Fleet Monitoring and Learning
Cruise continuously monitors its driverless fleet while it is in operation. Cruise uses a suite of internal tools to oversee its fleet of Cruise AVs, including information about each Cruise AV on the road, such as their current location, operating condition and passenger states.
The key shows:
I’m assuming occupied vs. vacant indicates whether the vehicle currently carries a passenger.
Note that the numbers in this image don’t add up, suggesting it might be a mockup rather than the live app. For example:
56 awaiting ride assignment + 13 assigned a ride + 131 assignment in progress + 20 returning to facility + 30 unavailable = 250 vehicles total
Interpreting Kyle’s screenshot
We now have a snapshot of Cruise’s ridership at some unknown time on the night of November 29, 2022.
Healthy, occupied: 2 vehicles
Healthy, vacant: 85 vehicles
Total: 87 vehicles
Note that the number of vehicles may be undercounted because:
The viewport doesn’t show Cruise’s entire service area.
Some map icons overlap.
We don’t know whether the filter by AV mode has been set to show only healthy (green) vehicles.
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