General Motors (GM) has announced it will be making the first mass-produced self-driving car that will come without a steering wheel or pedals.
GM declared it filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for a self-driving car, in a statement on its website Friday. The car will be named the “Cruise AV” and is said to be on the streets by 2019. The car will fully operate itself and will have no manual controls.
“General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls,” the statement said.
The cars are reportedly going to be used as autonomous taxis across the U.S. The company is said to partner with Lyft, the on-demand transportation company, who will use thousands of the self-driving cars.
“Imagine a world with no car crashes. Our self-driving vehicles aim to eliminate human driver error — the primary cause of 94 percent of crashes — leading to fewer injuries and fatalities,” GM said in their “2018 Self-Driving Safety Report.”
It is unclear where the cars will first be released in the U.S.
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