General Motors to make first mass-market driverless auto


The fourth generation of GM's Cruise AV driverless vehicle, it's even more of a departure from what you'll now find on the automaker's dealership forecourts.

General Motors will soon unveil the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt, a auto not equipped with pedals or a steering wheel, leaving control entirely to the vehicle's AI. The Cruise AV is capable of changing its course if it detects an imminent collision on its driving path. Self-driving cars operate by GM's Cruise division have already been involved in some fender benders, usually involving other road users crashing into them. Gone is the wheel, the digital instrumentation panel, and the pedals; there's no shifter or stalks for turn-signals. More recently, it dispensed with safety drivers, though the vans still has steering wheels. The cars also have a backup braking system independent of the autonomous-driving system that activates if a crash is imminent. It'll also offer a way to contact a remote support enter, should there be a question or an emergency.

General Motors Co. will run the self-driving cars in a test batch for a ride-sharing program starting in 2019. That means every seat is a passenger seat, and that the vehicle relies on artificial intelligence and related technology to be the driver.

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

A version of the car with driver controls is currently being tested on public roads
A version of the car with driver controls is currently being tested on public roads

General Motors says the roll-out of its service will be a gradual one.

The other hurdle is ensuring all regulatory barriers are removed. Not having to drive in the fog sounds wonderful to us. It seems a little unsettling at first to not see a big steering wheel dominating the left-hand side of the cabin, but if technology keeps advancing at the rate its going, it could be commonplace in the next decade or two.

It's got a back up computer should the car's brain encounter problems, while the main driving systems all have their own separate controls and diagnostics tools. Still, for the Cruise AV, GM has to negotiate with states that explicitly require a licensed human driver behind the wheel.

The automaker said it petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 16 specific exceptions to meet current federal safety standards with workarounds that accommodate the cars' unique nature.

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