GM Reveals Autonomous Car With No Steering Wheel Or Pedals

GM will use an updated version of this Chevrolet Bolt EV- sans steering wheel and pedals for the robo-cab test program

GM will use an updated version of this Chevrolet Bolt EV- sans steering wheel and pedals for the robo-cab test program

GM says the automobile is "the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls".

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

Would you get in a self-driving auto that has no steering wheel and no pedals? thinks so, and wants to test its newest autonomous-driving vehicle on public roads and highways starting in 2019.

It's worth mentioning that cars like this don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle's safety standards, but automakers are able to apply for exemption; however, the government can only exempt 2,500 vehicles every year.

The Cruise AVs, which are based on the Chevy Bolt EV - not the similarly named Chevy Cruze - are the fourth-generation autonomous vehicles from Cruise Automation, a San Francisco startup that GM acquired in March 2016. It's based on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. 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.

It's not just GM that's making the push for full autonomous cars to hit the road soon.

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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.

The carmaker's self-driving arm, Cruise Automation, on Friday unveiled the latest version of its autonomous vehicle - and the manual controls have been removed. These allow the self-driving vehicle to have a 360-degree view of its surroundings and anticipate the movement of objects within its vicinity.

In light of this unusual design, GM has filed the Safety Petition to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on January 11, to allow for 16 changes to existing traffic safety rules, including having an airbag in place of where the steering should be. The company said Thursday. 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.

Only seven states now allow cars without drivers (though in practice there are virtually none, because the technology is still being perfected).

The company said passengers can get the vehicle moving by communicating with several interior screens.

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