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GM Autonomous Car Has No Steering Wheel, No Pedals

Image: GM Autonomous Car Has No Steering Wheel, No Pedals
Can you spot what's missing in GM's Cruise AV Self-Driving Car? (screengrab of GM promotional video) 

By    |   Friday, 12 January 2018 12:33 PM

GM is seeking approval for an autonomous car which has no steering wheel and no pedals, and you can imagine the regulatory and red tape maze it has to navigate.

General Motors is asking the federal government to approve adjustments to 16 motor vehicle standards so it can move forward with testing the vehicle on public roads and highways by 2019, CNBC reported.

On Thursday, GM rolled out a video on the vehicle it’s calling the Cruise AV Self-Driving Car and it has been viewed more than 14,000 times on YouTube.

"When you see this image for the first time it's quite striking," Dan Ammann, president of GM, told CNBC. "That's why we believe this is a notable moment on the journey to full AV (autonomous vehicle) deployment."

TechCrunch reported the Cruise AV is based on the Bolt electric vehicle platform and can even close the doors of passengers who don’t. Ammann did not comment specifically on future models, but did hint at potential variation.

"You can safely assume that the fourth generation won't be the last generation," Ammann said, per TechCrunch.

In GM's petition to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the company is asking for standard exceptions that would allow them to operate 2,600 Cruises on public roads in 2019, Tech Crunch said.

"Our vehicles are on the road in communities across the U.S. navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments," the Cruise website said. "We believe the best way to bring self-driving technology to the world is to expose them to the same unique and complex traffic scenarios human drivers face every day. We collect and analyze petabytes of data to ensure our vehicles operate safely and reliably."

CNBC said that Waymo, formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, is preparing to launch a ride-hailing program outside of Phoenix using driverless Chrysler Pacifica Minivans.

Instead of asking for motor vehicle exceptions, Waymo's vehicles have been modified with sensors, cameras, and radar equipment so the minivans can operate without a driver, the network noted.

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