GM's Next-Generation Self-Driving Car Has No Steering Wheel

General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals. The company has filed a government petition to put the vehicles based on the Chevy Bolt EV on the road sometime next year with no human backup

"We think the technology is going to have a huge impact on the world", GM President Dan Ammann said during a conference call. "That's why we believe this is a notable moment on the journey to full AV (autonomous vehicle) deployment".

GM said it has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to test the cars, however, current auto-safety standards in the USA require vehicles have controls for drivers, such as foot pedals and a steering wheel.

Others question the relative ease by which autonomous vehicles get fielded or tested.

GM is seeking federal approval to adjust 16 motor vehicle standards so it can test cars that have no steering wheel, pedals and other driver controls, CNBC said.

The planned General Motors vehicles will lack the conventional controls in the form of steering wheels and pedals.

Cruise AV will be the fourth generation of GM's driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are being tested at present in San Francisco and Phoenix, online publication TheVerge.com writes. GM has said its first production automated vehicles will be in some kind of ride-hailing or ride-sharing arrangement.

The Detroit-based motoring firm says the Cruise AV a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV has even been designed to open doors for passengers
The Detroit-based motoring firm says the Cruise AV a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV has even been designed to open doors for passengers

As noted from the interior photo, the Cruise AV is clearly based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV. In other states - including those that stipulate a vehicle must have a licensed human driver - GM will work with regulators to change or get a waiver from existing rules.

Late previous year, Waymo started an autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix using a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The carmaker has approached the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with sixteen changes to the existing safety rules to enable production of the autonomous auto.

For the past several years, automakers and tech companies have been testing self-driving cars on the roads of California.

If the petition was to be granted by the NHTSA, it would clear the way for GM to launch up to 2,500 driverless vehicles per year as a type of taxi service, and would also help to move fully autonomous vehicles from restricted niche testing into wider commercial applications. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Consumer Federation of America are releasing a poll today that shows "significant and widespread concerns" among the USA public about the development and deployment of self-driving cars. Unlike some vehicles coming out of the electronics show, GM's vision looks rather ordinary, a natural transition from today's vehicles. That's the maximum number the government will now allow for each manufacturer.

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