GM Is Now Mass Producing Self-Driving Cars

Kristopher Drake
January 14, 2018

"We are building the world's best autonomous vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about".

GM said it has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to test the cars, however, current auto-safety standards in the United States require vehicles have controls for drivers, such as foot pedals and a steering wheel. While it might seem like GM is asking for a special treatment, they really aren't, Ammann told The Verge. 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. By 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed autonomous vehicles on public roads without a backup human driver or a steering wheel and pedals, but only in specific areas.

The Cruise Automation team is now testing its self-driving Chevy Bolt - with a human backup - in Detroit, Phoenix and San Francisco.

GM said in a safety report that it's working with industry groups to "advance the safety of self-driving vehicle technology".

How the interior of the Cruise AV looks like without a steering wheel or pedals.

"Imagine the peace of mind knowing that whatever our age, our stage of life or our physical capabilities we have the freedom to go wherever we want to go", GM says in a statement.

Late previous year, Waymo started an autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix using a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

GM said that it has filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for the vehicle, which the company claims is now "production-ready".

It's nearly mind-boggling: an automobile that does not need a driver and does not have a steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.

General Motors has revealed pictures and a video of its new invention, an innovative unmanned auto that drives entirely without human control. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, self-driving cars can drive without human intervention but only in specific geographic locations.

"We're seeking to maintain the same, equal safety but to achieve the safety objectives of some standards in a different way", said Paul Hemmersbaugh, a former chief counsel for NHTSA who now serves as chief counsel for GM's mobility efforts. Current law caps the number of exempted vehicles at 2,500 vehicles per manufacturer per year.

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