Would you want to have this in the mere future?
General Motors, Detroit-based automaker, recently unveiled the beauty of the future transportation: a fully-autonomous, electric car. Their planned date of release? Next year!
GM says the automobile is “the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.” They call it the Cruise AV.
Cruise AV will be GM’s fourth-generation self-driving car. However, despite its release date, it's still uncertain whether we'll see this on the streets next year. Why? Safety.
In fact, the company already filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation. That is for them to have the permission to deploy the vehicles in the country. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards can only exempt up to 2,500 vehicles a year, so GM is looking to “meet that standard in a different kind of way,” company president Dan Ammann told the Verge.
“What we can do is put the equivalent of the passenger side airbag on that side as well,” he said. “So its 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.”
“What’s really special about this, when we look back 20 years from now, is that it will be a major milestone — to create production-ready vehicle with no manual controls,” Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said, according to Business Insider.
So, are we ready to step forward?
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