GM says it's mass-producing cars without steering wheels

GM's Cruise Automation unit has announced plans to carry passengers in self-driving cars that won't have a backup driver in 2019.

12 January 2018 | 11:18

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 12 January 2018 | 11:18

This photo shows the Chevy Bolt EV, winner of the 2017 Green Car of the Year award, on display on the second of two press days at the Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 17, 2016. (AFP Photo)

DETROIT: General Motors is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals, according to a statement from the company.

The company has said it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers.

GM's Cruise Automation unit has announced plans to carry passengers in self-driving cars that won't have a backup driver in 2019. The location of the service has not been revealed.

The first of the autonomous Chevrolet Bolts is being tested, according to GM spokesman Kevin Kelly. He has said the company isn't announcing how many will be made.

Waymo, which used to be the autonomous car arm of Alphabet Inc.'s Google, has made a limited number of autonomous vehicles without steering wheels and pedals.





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