Let’s hope that driverless cars will catch-up with the American public, as it looks like autonomous vehicles seem to be regarded as the future of GM. We just got word that US regulators are set to review General Motor’s request to bring Cruise AV to the streets of America. Cruise AV is a very peculiar self-driving, as in autonomous, vehicle. What’s different about Cruise AV is the fact that it doesn’t have a steering wheel nor pedals, and that’s rather strange, i.e. once you’re in it, you’re at the mercy of its computer brain, as in you have no control over it.
According to Sunday’s statement via US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao:
“It is now coming to the stage with the rapid advancement of self-driving technology that this request is now a reality. So we will view the petition carefully and responsibly.”
This statement was made on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show, as General Motors presented Cruise AV on Friday, while announcing they’ve already asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt the autonomous vehicle from a number of federal standards, due to the fact Cruise AV doesn’t have a wheel nor pedals, hence it cannot meet the standards as a normal car does. According to GM executives, the company intends to hit the US market with a big number of Cruise AV’s by 2019 via a fleet of autonomous taxis, a project which has been described as overly ambitious by market analysts.