GM seeks testing of self-driving vehicle with no wheel or pedals

14 January, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • Meet the Cruise AV, GM's First Production-Ready Driverless Car

When California approved autonomous road tests, however, it initially required those vehicles to have them, so a human could take over during an emergency.

That's the big takeaway from first peak inside General Motors new autonomous vehicle, which lacks the steering wheel, pedals, manual controls and human drivers that have come to define the experience of riding inside an automobile for more than a century. Similar petitions would also be sent to local transportation authorities, but GM said that seven states already permit the changes they needed to test the Cruise AV. Now only seven states-Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and Nevada-allow for testing vehicles without steering wheels or pedals.

Based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, it is a dedicated self-driving, pure electric sedan with no steering wheel or pedals.

"With its advanced sensor systems, the Cruise AV has the capability to see the environment around it, in 360 degrees, day and night", GM wrote in its report.

General Motors (GM) has revealed that it's on track to put its first self-driving auto on roads in 2019.

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GM, which is the first company to mass produce autonomous vehicles, presumably in preparation for a 2019 test of their driverless fleet, has also been testing a ride-sharing app for their driverless cars.

If NHTSA gives the approval, General Motors Co. will still require permission from states to run the cars without steering wheel. The automaker and companies including Alphabet's Waymo unit and startup Zoox have demonstrated cars that can drive with so-called Level 4 autonomy. GM today submitted safety petitions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would achieve the same safety standards but through different means. The company has said the accidents weren't caused by any of the GM cars.

The software is also created to cope with any potential vehicle malfunctions to maintain safety, according to GM. "When GM acquired Cruise, we began by installing our technology into existing cars as a retrofit strategy, and we knew that wouldn't scale".

It's worth mentioning that cars like this don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle's safety standards, but automakers are able to apply for exemption; however, the government can only exempt 2,500 vehicles every year.

Getting the vehicle on the roads is not without challenges.

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