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Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

GM Looking To Launch A Fully Autonomous Car In 2019

GM Looking To Launch A Fully Autonomous Car In 2019

That's the big takeaway from first peak inside General Motors new autonomous vehicle, which lacks the steering wheel, pedals, manual controls and human drivers that have come to define the experience of riding inside an automobile for more than a century.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. He says the company isn't announcing how many will be made.

General Motors submitted a federal safety proposal on Thursday to put its first self-driving vehicle on the road by 2019.

GM released a video (below) in conjunction with the announcement to give the world a glimpse of the vehicle.

General Motors (GM) is seeking approval from U.S. regulators for an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, the automaker announced Friday.

Self-driving vehicles are allowed to be tested in seven states - Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Nevada. Christened as Cruise AV, the self-driving vehicle based on the Bolt EV.

One example, according to Hemmersbaugh, is a standard requiring vehicles to have airbags in steering wheels, which wouldn't be possible without a steering wheel.

The Cruise AV comes with two passenger seats at the front with a centrally located infotainment system and climate control settings. GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge that the company isn't now desiring an exemption, rather will find a different way to "meet that standard in a different kind of way".

Ford announced on Tuesday that it would partner with delivery service Postmates as the carmaker starts testing ways to transport people, food and packages this spring in its self-driving cars, which are being developed by Ford's Argo unit. In other states, the GM would have to work with local officials to get the rules changed. Automakers have pushed for a set of consistent nationwide standards to allow them enough scale to ideal the technology, but safety advocates have criticized the pending legislation as too lenient and a risk to public safety.

The company has access to vast dealership networks, nationwide influence and manufacturing prowess, potentially offering a GM-driven ride-hailing service the opportunity to supplant the Silicon Valley start-ups that have been seeking for years to disrupt the auto industry.

"In the last 18 months, we've worked to rapidly and iteratively integrate this technology into a production-ready vehicle", said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt.

The future of driving doesn't involve driving - at all.

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