GM has said its first production automated vehicles will be in some kind of ride-hailing or ride-sharing arrangement.
The future of self-driving cars may arrive sooner than you think, if General Motors gets its way. This is despite regulators casting a damp over testing even though those vehicles having steering wheels, foot controls and human backup drivers who could take over in case of an emergency.
Vogt added that the new Chevy has redundant systems built in to back up the driving systems. "And imagine a crowded city not filled with congested roads and parking lots and structures but with efficiently moving traffic and more space". It further states that the company aims to manufacture an "unspecified" number of driverless cars.
On Friday, General Motors Co. made the announcement that it plans to mass-produce a auto with no steering wheel. Arizona is one possible destination, as Cruise is already testing some of its other vehicles there, and the state's regulations are friendly to autonomous vehicles.
Instead of a steering wheel, the dashboard has a solitary touchscreen at the center that is surrounded by mostly blank surfaces.
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GM has revealed what its level 4 self-driving vehicles will look like, as you can see from the video below. The to-be-submitted report is expected to bring more clarity in this respect. General Motors joins various companies like Ford and Uber to test and develop autonomous taxis for use in North America, Europe, and Asia. All other companies combined had five accidents.
The vehicle company recently filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation, asking for permission to "safely deploy self-driving [vehicles] 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 NHTSA approves GM's petition for their machine-only cars, the company will still need to get permission from different states to legally run them. That's the maximum number the government will now allow for each manufacturer.
One of the standards GM is asking to be waived is the requirement for vehicles to have airbags in their steering wheels, which wouldn't of course be possible for vehicles that don't have a steering wheel in the first place.