You won't need a steering wheel in the autonomous cars of the future - and General Motors just brought us a little closer to this bold new reality. That compares with the $30,000 on average that GM collects today for one of its vehicles, mostly derived from the initial sale.
For 110 years, General Motors has been making cars with steering wheels and pedals.
The company declined to identify the first states in which it plans to launch the vehicle or say when it would begin testing. "We believe this technology will change the world", he said. As you can see in this concept video, the interior of the self-driving Bolt, or Cruise EV, looks nothing like the futuristic Byton or other over-the-top concepts we've seen over the years.
Like Alphabet's self-driving cars, these Cruise cars will communicate with riders via an on-demand ride-hail app as well as in-car tablets.
GM points to the statistic of 94% of vehicle crashes where the primary cause of the crash was the driver. "We collect and analyze petabytes of data to ensure our vehicles operate safely and reliably". Along with a display on the center stack, there are infotainment screens in the headrests of the front seats for rear passengers to use. In the event of a malfunction the auto will pull itself over and give GM a call to get them on the case. This is also a massive boost to one of the most frustrating issues for globalised production, that's the left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive differences.
Instead of asking for motor vehicle exceptions, Waymo's vehicles have been modified with sensors, cameras, and radar equipment so the minivans can operate without a driver, the network noted.
Officials are also not saying how big the fleet will be, but the NHTSA safety petitions allow for up to 2,500 vehicles.
In its proposal, GM asks the administration for alternative ways to meet the 16 federal driver-based requirements for operating on public roads.
The cars will be equipped with OnStar crash-response, which will automatically alert an OnStar representative and predict the severity of injuries in the event of a collision.
The company did not disclose what the production timeline for the new generation of the vehicles will be.
We don't have specific details on the "when" and the "how many" for now, but a last-midnight update states that the restrictions on roads for GM driverless vehicle deployment have been lifted.
GM is proposing to "meet that standard in a different kind of way", Ammann stated.