GM Looking To Launch A Fully Autonomous Car In 2019

Meet the Cruise AV, GM's First Production-Ready Driverless Car

In a petition submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Jan. 11, Detroit-based GM detailed the safety features of the "Cruise AV" vehicle and asked federal officials to allow the vehicles to operate on USA roadways without meeting 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that cover vehicles with human drivers but aren't necessarily applicable for autonomous vehicles.

GM, which also tests in Phoenix, said in a safety report slated to be released Friday that for every 1,000 miles of autonomous driving, its auto needed to make 1,462 left turns in San Francisco, compared with 919 in the Phoenix suburbs. Called the Cruise AV, GM hopes to put it on the road in 2019.

How comfortable would you be in a taxi or car-service vehicle that had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals?

The all-electric runabout looks like a retrofitted Chevrolet Bolt EV - unsurprising, given the new Bolt EV serves as GM's self-driving platform - with a symmetrical dashboard that swaps the steering wheel and instrument panel for a mirrored layout of the passenger-side dash.

GM's submission explains how it will provide airbag protection for all Cruise AV occupants in the absence of a steering wheel.

General Motors (GM) has announced it will be making the first mass-produced self-driving vehicle that will come without a steering wheel or pedals.

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GM's Cruise AV is equipped with the automaker's fourth-generation self-driving software and hardware, including 21 radars, 16 cameras and five lidars - sensing devices that use laser light to help autonomous cars "see" nearby objects and obstacles.

Ford has said it plans to launch a fully-autonomous vehicle by 2021.

The Cruise AV has been created to open doors for those who can't do it on their own, and can also accommodate hearing and visually impaired passengers. It has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to test the robocars. The Detroit automaker has been testing self-driving Bolts in various urban locations, but has had backup or safety drivers in the front seat. The work started by retrofitting vehicles with lidar, sensors, and other equipment to read the surroundings and make drive decisions but the end goal was always a bespoke self-driving auto.

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.

If successful, GM's move would signal a major step forward for both electric and autonomous cars.

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