General Motors reveals autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel

General Motors reveals autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel

General Motors reveals autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel

This undated photo obtained from General Motors shows the Cruise AV, created to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls. 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.

If the Department of Transportation grants GM's latest Safety Petition, the automaker will be able to deploy its no-steering-wheel, pedal-less autonomous auto next year. For the most part, they all add the hardware and software necessary to allow complete control of a vehicle by a computer, but retain primary controls (like the steering wheel and accelerator/brake pedal) for the driver to operate in the case of an emergency.

To realize this vision, GM says it has "engineered safety into the Cruise AV in every step of design, development, manufacturing, testing and validation". He says the company isn't announcing how many will be made.

As the vehicle is entirely autonomous, the company said there was no need for a steering wheel or even a brake pedal.

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

Like the report Waymo issued a year ago, 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. All cars will be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a few cities. The new The new vehicle is based on the all-electric Chevy Bolt structure. "GM wants to control its own self-driving fleet partly because of the tremendous revenue potential it sees in selling related services, from e-commerce to infotainment, to consumers riding in those vehicles", explains Reuters, possibly netting "several hundred thousands of dollars" over a vehicle's lifetime versus the, say, $30,000 it earns selling a auto.

GM released a video (below) in conjunction with the announcement to give the world a glimpse of the vehicle. GM today submitted safety petitions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would achieve the same safety standards but through different means. Now, autonomous cars like this don't meet the Federal Motor Vehicle's safety standards.

According to GM, the vehicle will start to move after customers enter the vehicle and meet all pre-conditions, such as closing the doors and pressing the begin ride button.

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