No Steering Wheels Or Pedals For New Car — GM

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

The petition is for the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls", GM president Dan Ammann told reporters, according to Reuters.

Other traditional automotive manufacturers, such as Ford (NYSE:F) or Audi (FWB: NSU), and new auto companies like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), as well as tech companies like Alphabet/Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), have worked on driverless vehicles technologies for years. With the Cruise AV, there is no such option.

The automaker said it petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 16 specific exceptions to meet current federal safety standards with workarounds that accommodate the cars' unique nature.

GM envisions a "controlled deployment", where the Cruise AV takes on ride-hailing duties only in geofenced areas with roads that have high-definition map data. Ammann said there is ample capacity at the Orion, Michigan, plant that builds the Bolt and will make the autonomous cars.

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. GM executives said seven US states already allow the alterations sought by the automaker.

American auto giant General Motors (GM) has shed some light on its new vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals.

The company however has said it is not looking for an exemption, but to meet it in "a different kind of way", as the fact that the vehicle can not have an airbag because it has no steering wheel causes some regulatory problems. The company has said the accidents weren't caused by any of the GM cars.

"Imagine the peace of mind knowing that whatever our age, our stage of life or our physical capabilities we have the freedom to go wherever we want to go", writes GM. The automaker and companies including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo unit and startup Zoox Inc. have demonstrated cars that can drive with so-called Level 4 autonomy.

"We are asking for approval to put these vehicles on the roads in 2019", GM spokeswoman Stephanie Rice said. The work started by retrofitting vehicles with lidar, sensors, and other equipment to read the surroundings and make drive decisions but the end goal was always a bespoke self-driving auto.

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