GM Is Now Mass Producing Self-Driving Cars

GM Is Now Mass Producing Self-Driving Cars

Before the Cruise AV can enter widespread service, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will have to alter 16 safety rules-and GM's said it petitioned the organization January 11 to make those changes. The Cruise AV is created to operate with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019.

Cruise Automation, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors will submit a report today to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

GM says that, come the deployment of the Cruise AV, it'll be offered on a ride-sharing basis. For example, the new model will have an alternative location for an airbag that would normally be in the steering wheel, Rice said. As you can see in this concept video, the interior of the self-driving Bolt, or Cruise EV, looks nothing like the futuristic Byton or other over-the-top concepts we've seen over the years. Still, for the Cruise AV, GM has to negotiate with states that explicitly require a licensed human driver behind the wheel.

Assuming everything is completed on schedule, GM's 2019 launch target would put it a full two years ahead of rival Ford Motor Co., which said that it hopes to start producing autonomous vehicles without a steering wheel by 2021.

Now, in a bold statement to its competitors, General Motors has announced its intention to release such a vehicle called the Cruise AV for the ride-hailing market that will be mass-produced as early as 2019. Under the standards now in place, Hemmersbaugh said, "we can't achieve them without a human driver or without a steering wheel".

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For the past several years, automakers and tech companies have been testing self-driving cars on the roads of California.

GM has announced plans to test the cars in Arizona, California and MI. The announcement on Friday is the first sign from a major carmaker that engineers have enough confidence in self-driving cars to let them truly go it alone.

It also features aids for the vision- and hearing-impaired, including the ability to close its own doors.

About 50 test vehicles from that generation have been undergoing tests in a geographically restricted area of downtown San Francisco. A poll released this week, as Congress hashes out legislation for autonomous vehicles, found that many Americans are concerned about sharing the road with robot cars and want stricter federal oversight. The reveal is part of a safety petition the company has filed with the Department of Transportation.

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