GM unveils autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, plans for 2019 launch

01-12 18:17

General Motors (GM) has revealed that it’s on track to put its first self-driving car on roads by 2019. Today, the company revealed the fourth generation of its electric driverless vehicle, the Cruise AV, will have no manual controls such as pedals or a steering wheel.

Though many companies are already testing driverless cars on public roads, the vehicles typically have traditional controls and a driver in-place to take over should they be required. With the Cruise AV, there is no such option.

As such, GM said that it has filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for the vehicle, which GM said is now “production-ready.”

“GM’s integrated development of hardware and software, and testing in one of the most complex environments in the world, allows for the company to safely eliminate the steering wheel, pedals and manual controls from the new Cruise AV,” the company said in a statement.

Above: GM: Fourth generation vehicle, the Cruise AV.

Careful not to be usurped by younger technology and automotive upstarts, GM has made no secret of its intentions in the self-driving car realm. Back in 2016, the century-old car company behind major brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and Vauxhall, invested $500 million in U.S. ride-hailing startup Lyft and revealed collaboration plans to build self-driving cars.

“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” noted GM president, Dan Ammann, at the time. “With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly.”

In the intervening months, GM acquired Cruise Automation , a San Francisco-based self-driving car company that builds autopilot systems for cars; snapped up Californian lidar startup Strobe; committed tomass-producing electric autonomous vehicles by 2019; and even developed an Uber-style mobile app for customers to request rides in self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

It wasn’t too long ago that autonomous vehicles were the stuff of fantasy. Back in 2016, the world’s first public self-driving taxi service hits Singapore roads courtesy of U.S. startup NuTonomy. Late last year, Alphabet’s Waymo became the first company to put fully autonomous cars on U.S. roads without a human behind the wheel. If GM can convince regulators that its self-driving vehicles are road ready, with safety playing a key part of the company’s persuasion strategy, then next year we could start seeing the first consumer cars built from the ground up with automation in mind. That will represent a major milestone in the autonomous vehicle revolution.

标签: 创业 Lyft
© 2014 TuiCode, Inc.