Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018
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GM: application for authorization for a car without a steering wheel pedal

US automaker General Motors has applied for permission to test a car without a steering wheel or pedals as part of its self-driving vehicle development program that it plans to put on the road in 2019.
According to a statement released Friday, the application was filed with the Ministry of Transport and concerns a “vehicle designed from the outset to operate on its own without driver, steering wheel, pedal or manual control.”
This is the “4th generation” of the self-driving vehicle developed by GM, the Cruise-AV, which the manufacturer wants to put a version on the American roads from 2019. It is developed on the basis of his electric car Chevrolet Bolt.
“We are asking for approval to put these cars on the road in 2019. We have not yet given details on exactly where but we are already testing our self-driving cars in San Francisco, Phoenix and Detroit and we plan to do it at New York this year, “said Stephanie Rice, a spokeswoman for the group in an email to AFP.
GM must apply for authorization to test such a vehicle on the roads because it does not meet the standards in force in the United States for the approval of vehicles. If a steering wheel and pedals are not mandatory, the airbags are and usually housed in the steering wheel of the vehicle.
“This vehicle does not have a steering wheel so we put an airbag the way we normally do for the front passenger seat and provide the same safety guarantees,” Rice said, confirming that GM had the same airbag. intention to run this car on US roads as part of a ride-share program next year.
The first American manufacturer intends to be the first to be able to put into circulation a fully autonomous car in the United States.
In April, he announced his intention to create more than 1,000 jobs in the next five years in Silicon Valley to develop the necessary technologies through his subsidiary Cruise Automation acquired in March 2016 and specialized in autonomous technology software.
It is already testing on California roads an autonomous version of the Bolt but equipped with a steering wheel and pedals like a traditional vehicle.
Its US competitor Ford aims for its part 2021 to sell a self-driving vehicle and several other major global manufacturers like Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Renault-Nissan, Volvo are also working on this technology as well as newcomers to the market as the American Tesla .

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