GM Bringing Self-Driving Cars to NYC For Street Trials

Cruise's self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year

The automaker will be the first company to test its Level 4 autonomous driving vehicles in the Big Apple.

Li Zengwen, a development engineer at Changan Automobile, lifts his hands off the steering wheel as the auto is on self-driving mode during a test drive on a highway in Beijing, China, April 16, 2016.

General Motors is planning to test self-driving cars in the streets of New York City early next year. General Motors and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, are already creating maps for the "geofenced" area of Manhattan where they will conduct their research.

Cruise's modified Chevrolet Bolts have become a regular sight on the streets of San Francisco.

"Testing in NY will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale", stated Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation.

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The driverless cars will be tested on a 5-square-mile section of Lower Manhattan.

"Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology", the governor said. Alphabet ( GOOGL ), like GM, is testing self-driving cars in California and Arizona. In support of this work, Cruise is expanding its presence in New York and will begin building a team of employees in New York City. "Pedestrians don't step in front of human-operated cars because they are not sure the driver will stop - but self-driving cars will not have a choice but to stop", he said in a statement.

"Testing in the hardest places first means we'll get to scale faster than starting with the easier ones", Vogt wrote. "Any new technology, no matter how innovative, needs to be tested and evaluated appropriately and the State Police will perform its due diligence to oversee this process and ensure its effectiveness". The area is now being mapped via geo-fencing tools - and GM will be hiring people in the New York City area, says New York's Office of the Governor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office sent out a press release confirming this agreement with Cruise Automation. From landmark investments in broadband and policies to support emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and drones, NY is helping advance USA innovation.

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