GM wants to deploy self-driving cars without steering wheels by 2019

No Brakes No Wheel No Problem As Car Goes Fully Autonomous

The modified GM Cruise is one of the first self-driving cars in commercial passenger service

The Detroit-based automaker said in a news release that its Cruise AV "is created to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls". However, this will be subject to local law allowing fully autonomous cars - with no safety driver - on the public road in the first place. GM on Friday said it has filed a Safety Petition asking the Department of Transportation for permission to deploy the self-driving vehicle in 2019.

GM plans to put the auto into full production next year, should the US Department of Transportation approve its latest Safety Petition. This is for the fourth generation of the automaker's self-driving Cruise AV vehicle. The company declined to say where it would like to launch the fleets, which customers would hail via an app and engage with via touchscreens inside the vehicles.

GM's autonomous test cars were in 22 accidents in California a year ago, according to data from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

The self-driving Bolt EV-perhaps to be known as the 2020 Chevrolet Cruise AV in official documents-will nearly surely not be sold to the public. The GM Cruise AV has no steering wheeling, pedals or any other driver controls.

General Motors submitted a federal safety proposal on Thursday to put its first self-driving vehicle on the road by 2019.

Now, in a bold statement to its competitors, General Motors has announced its intention to release such a vehicle called the Cruise AV for the ride-hailing market that will be mass-produced as early as 2019.

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There are no mirrors either, (because you won't need them), while the doors can even open and close on their own.

GM released a video (below) in conjunction with the announcement to give the world a glimpse of the vehicle.

That gets thorny. GM says it's complied with the government's latest automated driving guidelines, but the legalities of control-free cars are complex. The company points out that self-driving cars have the ability to take human error out of the equation, which is responsible for 94% of all accidents.

The automaker added that it will work with regulators to develop new safety standards and petition for "permission to meet the safety goal of a standard through alternative means".

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

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