No Steering Wheels Or Pedals For New Car — GM

Meet the Cruise AV, GM's First Production-Ready Driverless Car

"General Motors' mission is to bring our vision of a world of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion to life", the company wrote in a new Self-Driving Safety Report [PDF]. For instance, cars now are required to have an air bag in the steering wheel.

The self-driving vehicles are meant to drive only in geo-fenced boundaries on roads where a high-definition map data was created.

GM has openly stated that this car's main goal is for ride-sharing. When California approved autonomous road tests, however, it initially required those vehicles to have them, so a human could take over during an emergency.

GM's experiment will be a significant step forward for self-driving cars. The Cruise AV will also be able to open its own doors for passengers who can't, and will have accommodations built in for visually- or hearing-impaired customers, reports Reuters. As defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, cars at that level can drive without human intervention but only in certain geographic areas. In other states, the automaker would have to work with local officials to change the rules.

GM says its really close to having the permission to fully roll out the vehicle nationwide, as they can already do so in seven U.S. states without having any legal problems. It seems a little unsettling at first to not see a big steering wheel dominating the left-hand side of the cabin, but if technology keeps advancing at the rate its going, it could be commonplace in the next decade or two.

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GM plans to use the vehicles as part of an autonomous ride-sharing service. GM released a photo and video renderings of the vehicle January 12.

Back in November, Google's Waymo announced its fully self-driving cars were being tested on roads in Arizona. Per GM, the Cruise AV was developed to comply with NHTSA's 12 safety elements for self-driving vehicles laid out in its Automated Driving Systems 2.0-A Vision for Safety voluntary guidance, including vehicle cybersecurity, crashworthiness, consumer education and training, and minimal risk condition (or safe-state fallback). All other companies combined had five accidents.

However, GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge GM that the company might "meet that standard in a different kind of way".

GM declared it filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for a self-driving auto, in a statement on its website Friday. GM's petition with DOT is meant to gain a waiver or exemption for their wheel-less vehicle.

GM's submission explains how it will provide airbag protection for all Cruise AV occupants in the absence of a steering wheel. It has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to test the robocars.

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