GM plans autonomous car with no wheels or pedals for 2019

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Like many other companies, GM says the goal of self-driving cars is to eliminate crashes.

The Cruise AV is created to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019. "You can safely assume that the fourth generation won't be the last".

As you can see in this concept video, the interior of the self-driving Bolt, or Cruise EV, looks nothing like the futuristic Byton or other over-the-top concepts we've seen over the years.

Seven states, including MI, allow such vehicles to be tested with federal approval.

This vehicle has no manual controls for steering, brake and accelerator.

The company said passengers can get the vehicle moving by communicating with several interior screens.

The automaker's autonomous auto tests were involved in 22 accidents in California in 2017, according to Bloomberg News, which cited the California Department of Motor Vehicles. GM used the example of a requirement to have a steering-wheel airbag. Federal safety regulation language revolves around human drivers and vehicles engineered to be piloted by a human driver - as opposed to artificial intelligence.

Asked for comment, two DOT spokespeople did not immediately respond.

Autonomous vehicle manufacturers have been rather busy the past year with numerous tests of their driverless technologies.

Those cities are expected to add new and different challenges for the self-driving vehicle.

Still, G.M. appears to have a jump in the race to field self-driving cars. They flank a panel affixed to the ceiling that provides control buttons for the passengers at the back, an arrangement similar to the one Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo has implemented in its autonomous minivans. And in most areas of the country where testing is taking place on public roads, local authorities have required that companies have test drivers on hand to take over in case of an emergency. Still, for the Cruise AV, GM has to negotiate with states that explicitly require a licensed human driver behind the wheel. Riders will request rides through a mobile app, then set the climate and radio stations before it arrives. The Cruise AV will also be able to open its own doors for passengers who can't, and will have accommodations built in for visually- or hearing-impaired customers, reports Reuters.

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