Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

GM Gets Ready to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC

GM Gets Ready to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC

Following the state's recent legislation allowing the testing of autonomous technology through a pilot program, GM's Cruise Automation is applying to begin testing in Manhattan in New York City, according to the release.

All vehicles will also have to comply with federal safety standards and all applicable New York State inspection standards, and a person holding a valid driver license must be present in the driver's seat at all times while it is operated on public highways.

Self-driving cars are coming to New York City with General Motors Corp. announcing that they will be the first company to deploy the nascent technology on the streets of Manhattan starting next year. Cruise already has self-driving test cars on the road in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Detroit. In support of this work, Cruise is expanding its presence in New York and will begin building a team of employees in New York City.

New York's rules include the need to insure each of the fully automated Chevy Volts involved in the tests for $5 million and heeding restrictions such as staying away from construction or school zones.

Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, said, "Testing in ny will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale". Why would anyone want to let loose self-driving cars in the city?

Level 4 self-driving cars can switch to autonomus mode only in supported - or geofenced - areas. What better city to use for testing, then, than NY, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America. The vehicles will soon be tested in New York City, too.

"Bringing this lifesaving technology to New Yorkers safely and quickly is our number one priority", Sullivan said. "This partnership with General Motors and Cruise Automation is an exciting step into that future".

The test vehicles will be electric Chevrolet Bolt cars equipped with cameras, radar, sensors and Cruise's software.

"New York has emerged as one of the nation's leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers", Cuomo said in a statement.

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