Showcasing and betting big on future of mobility and autonomous cars, American car maker General Motors has fined a safety petition with the Department of Transportation to deploy its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV. This the forst production-ready autonomous car built from the start and claims to operate safely completely on its own, with no driver intervention required. GM's Cruise AV doesn not feature a sterring wheel of pedans or any other manual control.
General Motors aims to eliminate human driver error - the primary cause of 94 percent of crashes — leading to fewer injuries and fatalities.
Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors said "We combined the best of Detroit, Silicon Valley and our teams around the world to improve performance and safety throughout design, development and deployment. Meet our fourth generation, self-driving car, the Cruise AV."
These self-driving cars will be all electric and will help in reducing vehicle emission. A study by the company also says that nearly one of three cars on city streets at any given time is simply looking for parking. GM's technology will create better use of time and space.
In a statement General Motors says "The pathway to get all of us to this world requires integrating the software expertise of Silicon Valley with the systems safety and manufacturing expertise of Detroit and our teams around the world. With safety at the core, we are ready to take the next step."
General Motors' latest self-driving car gets an infotainment system placed at the centre of the dashboard and is inline with GM's current cars globally. The image cleary shows that steering wheel is missing on the driver's side along with gear levers and pedals. Expect the car to also get headrests display units for real-time information about the car and journey to rear seat passengers. Seems like the Cruise AV is based on the existing Chevrolet Bolt electric car prototypes and the company claims that users/owners would operate the car using a smartphone app and the pick up and drops will be completely automated removing the need of driver.