Cruise line Carnival Corp. said it will hire 100 to 150 people to work on its autonomous vehicle fleet, which includes fleets of buses and mini-trucks, and expects that figure to grow to 200 to 250 by 2021.
“We will be able to build more autonomous vehicles over time,” Cruise’s chief operating officer, David Odom, said at a conference in Los Angeles.
“It’s a real revolution in our company.
We will be hiring 100 to 200 people, including a lot of engineers, and we’re working on hiring an engineer to design and build those vehicles.”
Cruise is planning to build about 200 vehicles in 2021, including vehicles that are expected to have driverless capabilities, Odom said.
Cruise plans to start selling the vehicles in 2020, with plans to hire more than 100 people by the end of 2021.
Cruise also said that it will spend $1.5 billion to develop a self-driving system that will be integrated into its fleet.
Odom added that the company is considering a range of technologies for autonomous vehicles, including radar, lidar, cameras and radar-based systems.
Cruise expects to make its fleet autonomous by 2021, but will work to develop the technology before that date.
Cruise operates two self-drive fleet fleets in Los Angles, California, and San Francisco, California.
Cruise has been testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles at the San Francisco Bay Area’s Embarcadero BART station, which is located along the bay between the Pacific Ocean and the city’s downtown core.
Cruise is also testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio.
Cruise will test its autonomous vehicles for the first time on October 20, and will begin the testing in 2020.
The company is also developing autonomous vehicle technology for use in autonomous cruise ships.
Cruise announced in April that it would acquire Cruise Automation Inc., the San Diego-based maker of self-driven vehicles, for $1 billion.
The deal has been criticized by privacy advocates and others who say Cruise’s acquisition of Cruise Automations could be used to spy on passengers.
Cruise, which operates more than 500 cruise ships, has said it plans to buy up to 300 self-propelled boats to operate in the U.S. and around the world.
The Cruise and Cruise Automator companies are also co-founders of the Cruise Cruise line, which has a fleet that includes self-discovery cruise ships that cruise the world and landers that are used for scientific research.
The two companies announced a joint venture last year to develop self-racing cars, but Cruise Automated said it was working on a rival self-propulsion vehicle.
Cruise said in April it is planning a fleet-wide redesign of its fleet that will incorporate more autonomous features, including automated vehicle systems, in 2021.
The new system will be tested in 2021 and 2022, with the goal of building an entire fleet of self, autonomous vehicles by the middle of the decade.
Cruise’s announcement comes as Uber Technologies, a ride-hailing startup, is seeking a $1 trillion funding round.
The ride-sharing service is also looking to increase its self-flying fleet by using drones and autonomous vehicles.
Uber, which was founded in 2009 by former Google exec Emil Michael, has more than 1,000 self-piloted vehicles.
The venture, which Uber acquired in 2013, plans to launch an autonomous fleet in 2020 and an autonomous vehicle in 2021 with a goal of eventually having at least 50 self-moving vehicles.
In addition to Cruise, Uber is planning on adding an autonomous car to its fleet by the first quarter of 2021, according to a company spokesperson.
Uber plans to use its fleet of drones to ferry passengers between its San Francisco offices and offices in New York City and Seattle, and has been exploring autonomous vehicles that can ferry employees.
The spokesperson did not provide any details about Uber’s plans for its fleet, other than to say it has a goal to create 1 million self-drivers by 2021 and then have at least 100 self-operating vehicles by 2021 as well.