GM unveils autonomous auto for 2019 with no steering wheel, pedals

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General Motors has announced that it has filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation to deploy a fleet of self-driving vehicles in 2019 that will not have a steering wheel, driver or pedals.

The Cruise AV will be the fourth generation of GM's all-electric Chevy Bolt vehicles. One of the technicalities that needs to be rectified is the fact that the auto does not have an airbag fitted into its steering wheel, the obvious reason for this being that the vehicle doesn't have a steering wheel.

The photo and video depict a test vehicle based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV that looks like it has had the passenger side of its dashboard cloned. Gone is the wheel, the digital instrumentation panel, and the pedals; there's no shifter or stalks for turn-signals. Most have driver controls and technicians behind the wheel if an override is necessary. Passengers will be able to stop the ride at anytime by making a stop in the vehicle. It'll also offer a way to contact a remote support enter, should there be a question or an emergency.

Like many other companies, GM says the goal of self-driving cars is to eliminate crashes.

GM plans to mass-produce the cars for use as robot taxis in 2019. The feds suggested in 2016, and again past year, that tech companies and automakers working on self-driving cars voluntarily submit a safety checklist to the government in order to help keep tabs on this fast-moving technology. GM released a photo and video renderings of the vehicle January 12. 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.

The autonomous revolution is almost upon us, and today General Motors is entering the fray properly with this, the Cruise AV. The company still need to get permission from every state in the U.S.to operate cars with no human drivers. It provides an overview of the mission for safe roads, how the vehicles was designed, how it works, the redundant computing, electrical, braking and other systems that act as backup if anything fails.

GM, along with Alphabet Inc and startup Zoox Inc, have already demonstrated vehicles that can drive with so-called Level 4 autonomy, meaning cars that can drive without human intervention, but only in certain geographic areas, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The interior (top) and the exterior (below), as seen in the company's 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report, look to be based heavily on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, now on sale in the US, Europe and other overseas markets.

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