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Detroit - GM Says It's Mass-producing Cars Without Steering Wheels

Published on: January 12, 2018 01:29 PM
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FILE - A self-driving GM Bolt EV is seen during a media event where Cruise, GM's autonomous car unit, showed off its self-driving cars in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage FILE - A self-driving GM Bolt EV is seen during a media event where Cruise, GM's autonomous car unit, showed off its self-driving cars in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Detroit - General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.

The company says 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.

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GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the first of the autonomous Chevrolet Bolts is being tested. He says 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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 Jan 12, 2018 at 02:26 PM Bezalel Says:

Sounds great. What could go wrong?

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 Jan 13, 2018 at 08:46 PM MyThreeCents Says:

I personally don't like the idea of a self driving car. It puts you at the car's mercy. What if it only went at the speed limit and you want to go faster?

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 Jan 14, 2018 at 01:01 PM abilenetx Says:

As every one knows, how many times can you have a problem with a computer in your own home, but can correct it, but cars without steering wheels, self driving cars going at speeds that are life threatening, and that all you have to do is program it, it is nice, but remember about you home computer and you know how perfect their programs are, and are these hackable??

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 Jan 14, 2018 at 08:33 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

These are first-generation vehicles but they show the way. I am eager to own a self-driving car when the prices come down and the technology is more mature.

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