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General Motors reveals autonomous car with no steering wheel

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General Motors is looking to reinvent the wheel, by building a car without a steering wheel, pedals or gear selector, because it doesn’t need them.

The automaker on Friday revealed images of an autonomous car it’s hoping to put into production by 2019 and is petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for permission to do so.  

If approved, it will likely be the first production vehicle of its kind to hit the road, two years before a similar proposal from Ford.

Based on the Chevy Bolt, the electric Cruise AV will initially be employed in a ride-hailing capacity and operate within a pre-determined, well-mapped ‘geo-fenced’ area, so it won’t be entirely off the leash.

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A version of the car with driver controls is currently being tested on public roads.  (AP)

Versions of the car with driver controls are currently being tested in San Francisco and Phoenix. They feature a large array of sensors on the roof that will be engineered to pass crash tests with the rest of the vehicle.

The Cruise AV is designed to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019.

Display screens will allow the Cruise AV to communicate with its occupants.  (GM)

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. Along with a display on the center stack, there are infotainment screens in the headrests of the front seats for rear passengers to use.

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Passengers will be able to stop the car on command in the event of an emergency.  (GM)

Riders will be able to communicate with a call center with issues, and there are buttons that will stop the vehicle and allow them to exit in the event of an emergency.

And the car 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.

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7 Responses to General Motors reveals autonomous car with no steering wheel

  1. Darzak says:

    Seriously, what possible reasons could there exist to proffer this type of vehicle?
    I can envision a myriad of nightmare situations regarding this. Most we will hear about; like the dissidents/whistleblowers who are driven to their deaths; some we will not, like when folks are whisked away in a self-locking vehicle for interrogation/torture, or to have their organs harvested.
    What a really bad idea. You will never see me in one of these abominations.

  2. Justsometruth says:

    I feel as a responsible citizen it would be my duty to use any and all means to immediately disable any driverless-vehicle I saw on the road, as a safety precaution to my fellow citizenry.

  3. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    Not in a million years. Maybe on the moon.

  4. 'ol stewbum says:

    I can’t wait to harass the bejeezus out of them “autonomous” cars. Would a pit maneuver be considered as shooting a drone? Just thinking outloud.

  5. H D says:

    Does this mean you can ride drunk now

  6. Enemy of the State says:

    so, when this car gets pulled over, the cops write the ticket to GM,, right?

  7. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… a car without a steering wheel, pedals or gear selector, because it doesn’t need them.”

    Perfect for sheeple without a brain.

    They don’t need them either.

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