General Motors drops steering wheel, gives robot driver control

Meet the Cruise AV, GM's First Production-Ready Driverless Car

Meet the Cruise AV, GM's First Production-Ready Driverless Car

The company's fourth-generation Cruise AV, which also has no manual controls, was created to operate completely on its own - no human driver necessary. GM and other companies have tested autonomous cars on the road, yet the vehicles typically have an engineer behind the wheel, reading to take over in case the need arises. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who confirmed GM's petition, "Safety is the (Transportation) department's top priority".

General Motors revealed its latest self-driving auto Friday, and observers might notice a few things missing: namely a steering wheel and all other manual controls. Called the Cruise AV, GM hopes to put it on the road in 2019.

As GM made the announcement on Friday, shares in the company rose as high as 1.1 percent at 9:36am in NY, coming in at $44.68, GM's highest intraday trading level since November 29, Bloomberg Technology reports. Waymo has made a limited number of autonomous vehicles without steering wheels and pedals. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.

"With its advanced sensor systems, the Cruise AV has the capability to see the environment around it, in 360 degrees, day and night", GM wrote in its report.

General Motors Co. has pulled the curtain off its plans for a fleet of self-driving vehicles that will hit USA roads in 2019.

Riders will use a Cruise AV mobile-app to hail the cars, which will launch in one unnamed USA city next year.

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates
Despite Morosi's report, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that "multiple sources are cautioning" that a deal wasn't done yet. While Cole's value is apparent given his 3.50 career ERA, he is also under team control through the 2019 season, per Spotrac .

Ford has said it plans to launch a fully-autonomous vehicle by 2021. The new The new vehicle is based on the all-electric Chevy Bolt structure.

At a November 30 briefing in San Francisco, GM's Ammann told investors the lifetime revenue generation of one of its self-driving cars could eventually be "several hundred thousands of dollars".

And the vehicle doesn't just drive itself, if you forget to close the door behind you it'll do that itself without complaint before heading off to pick up another fare.

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.

Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Motor Corp's Toyota Research Institute, said removing the driver, as GM wants to, will really test the technology.

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