General Motors announce first autonomous vehicle in the works

General Motors Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle

General Motors (GM) have unveiled their latest project, an autonomous concept vehicle that features lounge-style seating and no steering wheel or pedals.

Named  the ‘Cruise Origin’, the concept vehicle has been designed in conjunction with Honda and Cruise, a Silicon Valley autonomous vehicle start-up part owned by GM.

The vehicle has veered away from the traditional shape of a car, instead favouring a box shape with sliding doors similar to those found at a shopping centre, and a roomy interior with two lounge style seats facing each other.

The vehicle has been designed with GMs upcoming ride-sharing service in mind, with the comfortable interior and lack of a driver making it ideal for this service.

The project has been in the works since 2016 when GM invested in Cruise. Speaking on the investment at the time, GM’s President at the time, Dan Amman, praised the concept of autonomous vehicles, saying the concept provided enormous potential benefits to the GM brand.

“Fully autonomous vehicles can bring out customers enormous benefits in terms of greater convenience, lower cost and improved safety for their daily mobility needs,” said Mr Amman.

According to Reuters, GM requires a waiver in order to commence testing the vehicle without human controls.

Testing of autonomous vehicles can prove difficult in the United States, with very few states allowing special permission to test such vehicles on real roads. California and Nevada are two such states that allow testing under specific guidelines, however a long list of restrictions must be adhered to.

General Motors have not yet announced a release date for the Cruise Origin.

Original source: Caradvice | General Motors unveils autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals

24 Jan 2020

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