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

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

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

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Consumer Federation of America are releasing a poll today that shows "significant and widespread concerns" among the US public about the development and deployment of self-driving cars. That is to say, it has no steering wheel, no pedals and no real driver controls at all - aside from a touchscreen - and GM says it'll hit the road in 2019. He says the company isn't announcing how many will be made.

The new driverless cars will travel on a fixed route controlled by the Bolt's mapping system.

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives permission to the petition filed by General Motors, the company could manufacture as more as 2500 driver-less vehicles of this type every year. Riders will be able to control the vehicle's temperature and radio station, and a touchscreen inside will offer real-time status information about the ride. For example, the new model will have an alternative location for an airbag that would normally be in the steering wheel, Rice said.

"What we can do is put the equivalent of the passenger side airbag on that side as well", said Ammann.

Speaking of accidents, GM has not one, but two data recorders in each of its autonomous vehicles to store and protect information in the event of a crash.

Only seven states now allow cars without drivers (though in practice there are virtually none, because the technology is still being perfected). The government views the exemptions as a way to bring the benefits of autonomous vehicles to public roads while regulators are still adapting existing laws for the new technology.

General Motors' new driverless vehicle will be showcased in a test batch in San Francisco ride-sharing fleets, and will be the first production-ready auto without the tools necessary for human control by 2019.

In October, Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google's parent company, released a safety report of its own. The announcement on Friday is the first sign from a major carmaker that engineers have enough confidence in self-driving cars to let them truly go it alone.

The report says the Cruise AV was created to operate in chaotic, fluid conditions, such as aggressive drivers, jaywalkers, bicyclists, delivery trucks and construction.

"Our self-driving vehicle is the result of intensely focused development, and countless hours of real-world testing and validation".