General Motors will release cars with no steering wheel in 2019

General Motors revealed the first slide of its upcoming autonomous fourth-generation Bolt EV-based vehicle – the “first without a steering wheel or pedal.”

The vehicle would represent the next generation of Cruise AV autonomous car based on the Bolt EV.

The automaker  stressed that the fully autonomous vehicle would emphasize safety – and went into great detail on the hows and whys, including redundant systems intended to replace a human driver. It also says that it filed a petition asking the DOT permission to deploy the vehicle as soon as next year.

GM President Dan Ammann said that the vehicle is the fourth generation of the vehicle to emerge from the carmaker’s Cruise division.

“We’re super excited to share this point in the journey,” Ammann said.

“It’s the biggest assembly plant in the GM system. We have fantastic capacity to build the vehicle.” Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt, also on the call, added that it’s “very binary.”

“Either you can do that, or you don’t have a business,” he said.

GM intends to work with states that might have existing legal restrictions on self-driving vehicles to resolve any potential problems by 2019.

The company has filed a safety petition with the US Department of Transportation requesting permission to deploy the fourth-generation Cruise AV, which will be completely driverless, without any steering wheel, pedals, or other form of manual controls.

According to a report, “by integrating our self-driving system into the vehicle from the beginning, and through close coordination between the hardware and software teams, we have evaluated potential failure modes for all systems, and addressed them throughout development to ensure a safe and reliable product.”

“This comprehensive, integrated approach to safety, combined with testing in one of the most complex environments in the world, allows us to safely take the next step – elimination of the steering wheel, pedals and other manual controls – from the vehicle.”

“What’s really special about this, when we look back 20 years from now, is that it will be a major milestone – to create production-ready vehicle with no manual controls,” he said.

The vehicles will travel geo-fenced areas, summoned by smartphones while in operation.

“When we deploy our self-driving vehicles, customers will use a mobile app to request a ride, just like they use ride-sharing today, the only difference is that customers will control the experience – their customized climate control and radio station settings will be sent to the vehicle ahead of when they access their ride,” the company said in a safety report.

The company has filed a safety petition with the US Department of Transportation requesting permission to deploy the fourth-generation Cruise AV, which will be completely driverless, without any steering wheel, pedals, or other form of manual controls.

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by Israt Yasmin, The Blogging Connection

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