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GM hopes to produce autonomous vehicle by 2019

GM hopes to produce autonomous vehicle by 2019

General Motors has revealed the Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle to lack two critical features: a steering wheel and pedals. Self-driving cars operate by GM's Cruise division have already been involved in some fender benders, usually involving other road users crashing into them.

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives permission to the petition filed by General Motors, the company could manufacture as more as 2500 driver-less vehicles of this type every year.

"Our Cruise AV has the potential to provide a level of safety far beyond the capabilities of humans", the company said in the report. The fruit of GM's $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automotive back in March of 2016, the Cruise AV is a properly driverless auto.

How comfortable would you be in a taxi or car-service vehicle that had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals?

The Cruise AV has 360-degree vision, both night and day, GM says.

General Motors announced Friday morning, January 12 that it has asked the government for permission to put mass-produced, autonomous cars on the road without a steering wheel or any pedals by next year. Cruise AV cars will be produced in the company's plant in Orion, Michigan, and will deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.

Driverless, electric Cruise AVs that have no steering wheel, pedals or gear selectors are planned for mass production by 2019.

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In October, Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google's parent company, released a safety report of its own.

GM has openly stated that this car's main objective is for ride-sharing.

Self-driving technology "is only going to have a big impact if we can deploy it at large scale", GM's chief financial officer, Dan Ammann, said in an interview with New York Times.

Assuming the DOT approves GM's safety petition, we could all be driving alongside robots next year.

According to GM, the vehicle will start to move after customers enter the vehicle and meet all pre-conditions, such as closing the doors and pressing the begin ride button. The self-driving auto is only intended for the automaker's ride-hailing service - at least for the time being.

That gets thorny. GM says it's complied with the government's latest automated driving guidelines, but the legalities of control-free cars are complex.


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