Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit, plans to mass produce a self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals by 2019. GM says it has submitted a safety report as well as an application to regulators to approve the design, its fourth-generation model.
Along with the omission of driver-centric features, Cruise’s next-generation car is designed for ride-hailing passengers in mind. Riders will be able to summon one via a mobile app and adjust settings like interior temperature.It has no controls whatsoever, not even buttons you can push — it 100 percent treats you as a passenger, no matter where you sit. The car can even open and shut doors on its own.
The company describes it as “the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.”
Why It’s Hot:
Though 2019 is a year away, only seven states currently allow for driverless cars, and Cruise’s home state of California is in the process of passing a bill to allow for this. It has also applied for needed exemptions to federal regulations. If the company is able to get the green light, they will be the first successful company to have a mass-produced autonomous vehicle cruising the streets of the U.S.