Self-driving vehicle without steering wheel, pedals coming in 2019

Self-driving vehicle without steering wheel, pedals coming in 2019

Self-driving vehicle without steering wheel, pedals coming in 2019

The company is seeking the USA government approval for a fully autonomous auto - one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal - to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019.

The carmaker has approached the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with sixteen changes to the existing safety rules to enable production of the autonomous auto.

In a petition submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Jan. 11, Detroit-based GM detailed the safety features of the "Cruise AV" vehicle and asked federal officials to allow the vehicles to operate on USA roadways without meeting 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that cover vehicles with human drivers but aren't necessarily applicable for autonomous vehicles.

"Safety is the [Transportation] department's top priority". Moreover, the company divulged that it has petitioned the Department of Transportation to adjust certain safety laws so to accommodate the model's unusual characteristics. It describes the vehicle as "the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls". These changes would then allow the Cruise AV to be deployed on public roads.

GM is part of a growing throng of vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and tech startups seeking to develop so-called robo-taxis over the next three years in North America, Europe and Asia. The automaker revealed that they have already received permission from seven states but declined to name which states they plan to deploy their fleet of fully autonomous vehicles. However in the future, it is possible that we could see autonomous cars devoid of any such controls, and that's a future GM is hoping will arrive sooner rather than later.

GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the first of the autonomous Chevrolet Bolts is being tested. These allow the self-driving vehicle to have a 360-degree view of its surroundings and anticipate the movement of objects within its vicinity. The Cruise AV has no controls at all, and treats you as a passenger 100 percent of the time, no matter where you sit in the vehicle. "We intend to launch a commercial ride-share service at commercial scale in 2019". In an interesting twist, GM's supporting documentation on its self-driving vehicle efforts [PDF] detail that your personalized radio station settings and climate controls will be synced when you book a ride. If there are concerns or problems, customers can push a button to talk to remote support. But despite its anticipated release date, the Cruise AV is not guaranteed to hit the streets by next year. The self-driving vehicle is only intended for the automaker's ride-hailing service - at least for the time being.

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