GM wants to make autonomous vehicle with no traditional controls by 2019

"We are building the world's best autonomous vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about".

General Motors took a step toward autonomous vehicles, filing a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation, self-driving Cruise AV, the company said in a news release Friday.

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

While we also test vehicles in Phoenix, our San Francisco vehicles predict an average of 32 times as many possible interactions as those in Phoenix.

General Motors Co. plans to launch public ride-hailing services with self-driving vehicles that don't have manual controls such as steering wheels and pedals, starting in 2019.

GM said in a safety report that it's working with industry groups to "advance the safety of self-driving vehicle technology".

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The Cruise AV, based on the Chevrolet Bolt, utilizes five LiDARs, 16 cameras, and 21 radars-including articulating radars, long-range radars, and short-range radars-to ensure capabilities in complex environments. The robo-taxi could earn revenue in the "several hundred thousands of dollars" region, Ammann said, compared to the $30,000 average revenue earned from GM cars sold today.

It's not just GM that's making the push for full autonomous cars to hit the road soon. The automaker and companies including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo unit and startup Zoox Inc. have demonstrated cars that can drive with so-called Level 4 autonomy. The mass production of the self-driving auto is expected to take place at a factory in Orion Township, Michigan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the federal body that will have the final say on the matter.

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This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle.

The automaker added that it will work with regulators to develop new safety standards and petition for "permission to meet the safety objective of a standard through alternative means". The petition also requests for the permission to have 16 security requirements in a unique way, says Paul Hemmersbaugh, a Public Policy Director and Chief Counsel at General Motors. That's the maximum number the government will now allow for each manufacturer.


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