GM: No Steering Wheels Or Pedals For New Car

GM: No Steering Wheels Or Pedals For New Car

For passengers who can not open doors, the Cruise AV - a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV - has even been created to perform that task.

"Our vehicles are on the road in communities across the USA navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments", the Cruise website said. The fruit of GM's $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automotive back in March of 2016, the Cruise AV is a properly driverless vehicle. Their autonomous fleet was involved in six separate accidents in September 2017, all of which the company says were not caused by their vehicle, Reuters reported.

GM's self-driving division, Cruise Automation, unveiled the auto Friday, which features no steering wheel or gas and brake pedals. 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.

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Like the report Waymo issued past year, GM's report discusses how its sensors and software work, and how it validates new technology at GM test tracks with driving simulators and on-the-road experience.

Driverless, electric Cruise AVs that have no steering wheel, pedals or gear selectors are planned for mass production by 2019. The automaker has been testing its self-driving Chevy Bolt on the streets of San Francisco and Phoenix.

Welcome to the fearless new world of true driverless vehicle.

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The self-driving vehicles are meant to drive only in geo-fenced boundaries on roads where a high-definition map data was created.

That gets thorny. GM says it's complied with the government's latest automated driving guidelines, but the legalities of control-free cars are complex. The Cruise AV is even able to close its own doors, should passengers leaving the vehicle not shut them properly. 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. GM today submitted safety petitions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would achieve the same safety standards but through different means.

GM showed the third-generation test vehicle in October and has been using a geo-fenced portion of San Francisco for testing, a suitably tricky test bed to ensure vehicles can handle any situation.

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