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GM says with no steering wheel or pedals ready for streets in 2019

GM says with no steering wheel or pedals ready for
 streets in 2019

General Motors says it is ready to mass-produce a self-driving car that has no steering wheel, pedals or any other manual controls.

The car company said Friday that it has filed a petition with the Department of Transportation for the fourth generation Cruise AV to hit the streets in 2019.

GM maintains that the car “will comply with federal safety laws;” the petition is asking for a waiver for laws that it can not meet “because they are human-driver-based-requirements.”

For example: “A car without a steering wheel can not have a wheel steering wheel airbag,” as GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge .

With no steering wheel or pedals, the car’s dashboard appears jarringly symmetrical in model photos released by the company. The vehicle maintains the conventional design of two rows of forward-facing seats.

Some critics, such as Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky, have suggested GM should have been more experimental : “There is no reason to keep these rigid interior design rules when you’re not required (or able) to drive! … There should be at least one option to swivel the front seats around, or allow the seats to all face Inwardly. ”

It will be possible for humans to stop the car – GM says it’s an emergency.

The cars are undergoing testing on the roads of San Francisco and the Phoenix suburbs. GM says San Francisco provides rigorous challenges to the vehicles – for example, in the Northern California city.

As NPR’s Sonari Glinton reported this week , along with Tesla, many others are rolling out new electric and driverless models:

“Mercedes-Benz will make an electric or hybrid version of all its cars by 2022, and they’re not alone.” Ford has plans for an electric F-150 truck and an electric Mustang. will launch 10 electric or hybrid cars in the country by 2020. And [Mercedes Benz ‘Christoph] from Hugo says the coolness of self-driving cars will help convince the public that the coming EVs will be worthwhile. ”

Waymo, a company of the United States, has also “made a limited number of autonomous vehicles and steering wheels,” according to The Associated Press. That company has started a program for people to ride in Phoenix.

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