GM wants to deploy self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs in 2019

GM wants to deploy self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs in 2019

The legal problem in testing the vehicles is that standards require compliance through tests with a human driver and manual steering, acceleration and braking controls.

The auto will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts.

General Motors has revealed the Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle to lack two critical features: a steering wheel and pedals.

"With its advanced sensor systems, the Cruise AV has the capability to see the environment around it, in 360 degrees, day and night", GM wrote in its report.

GM is proposing to "meet that standard in a different kind of way", Ammann stated.

GM will run the cars in a test batch for a ride-sharing program starting in 2019, and they won't be without a safety net.

Before the Cruise AV can enter widespread service, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will have to alter 16 safety rules-and GM's said it petitioned the organization January 11 to make those changes. The fruit of GM's $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automotive back in March of 2016, the Cruise AV is a properly driverless vehicle. The cars would operate as a fleet and share data, according to GM's self-driving safety report.


The move represents an accelerated self-driving timeline for the company, which could potentially leapfrog most other companies working on the technology since the most common timeline is a commercial launch in 2020-2022.

Obtaining a federal waiver would permit GM to operate the vehicles in the seven or so states that don't already have laws that restrict such vehicles.

General Motors Co. has pulled the curtain off its plans for a fleet of self-driving vehicles that will hit USA roads in 2019.

In the event of a malfunction, the vehicle will provide explanatory information to the passengers, as well as offer communications with a remote operator.

The fact that GM chose to do away with traditional driver controls entirely indicates a great deal of confidence in its autonomous driving system.

GM said in November that it expected to transport people and cargo with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019. It plans to unveil at least 20 new electric cars by 2023.

"We've put together four generations of autonomous vehicles over the course of 18 months", says Dan Ammann, GM's president. "And we're doing everything we can to get it out there at scale as fast as we can".

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