GM says it's already mass-producing cars without steering wheels

GM says it's already mass-producing cars without steering wheels

"That's why we believe this is a notable moment on the journey to full AV (autonomous vehicle) deployment".

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 Detroit automaker has been testing self-driving Bolts in various urban locations, but has had backup or safety drivers in the front seat.

General Motors claims to have finally done what its rivals have only discussed: Build a self-driving vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals.

The new General Motors vehicle is the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, according to The Verge.

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It'll be possible for humans to stop the auto - GM says customers having an emergency "may end the ride by making a stop request, and the vehicle will pull to the side of the road at the next available safe place". It's based on the Chevrolet Bolt electric auto.

In a report about the project, GM details how the cars will be summoned by an app that automatically sets their climate controls and audio systems to the user's preferences. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Consumer Federation of America are releasing a poll today that shows "significant and widespread concerns" among the USA public about the development and deployment of self-driving cars. The manufacturer is touting the vehicle as the world's "first production-ready vehicle" built with the sole objective of operating "safely on its own with no driver", a degree of independence known as "level 4 autonomy". The company points out that self-driving cars have the ability to take human error out of the equation, which is responsible for 94% of all accidents.

GM argues Waymo's tests are mostly in the greater Phoenix area, where traffic situations are less complex than what it's encountered in San Francisco. "So it's to meet the standards but meet them in a way that's different than what's exactly prescribed, and that's what the petition seeks to get approval for". Current law caps the number of exempted vehicles at 2,500 vehicles per manufacturer per year. Currently, only seven states allow the technology to be tested without a safety driver, said Paul Hemmersbaugh, GM's chief counsel and policy director for transportation as a service.

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