However, GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge GM that the company might "meet that standard in a different kind of way". "That's why we believe this is a notable moment on the journey to full AV (autonomous vehicle) deployment". These developments are not without their technological challenges, such as the competitive race to develop the optimal vehicle sensor technology for self-driving vehicles.
The legal problem in testing the vehicles is that standards require compliance through tests with a human driver and manual steering, acceleration and braking controls.
General Motors wants to add a fully autonomous vehicle - one with no steering or pedals - to its commercial ride-sharing fleets in 2019, and it's now seeking approval from the US government to do so. A video with jazzy music showed off the new model, which is based on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt but boasts a strikingly spacious windshield devoid of a steering wheel.
In a 33-page report on the effort, GM noted extensive development of the vehicle in San Francisco and Phoenix, promising it had "evaluated potential failure modes for all systems" and addressed them to ensure safety and reliability.
How comfortable would you be in a taxi or car-service vehicle that had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals?
However, GM would still need to get permission from most states to operate cars with no human drivers.
Late past year, Waymo started an autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix using a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
In light of this unusual design, GM has filed the Safety Petition to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on January 11, to allow for 16 changes to existing traffic safety rules, including having an airbag in place of where the steering should be.
GM has been testing its self-driving vehicles on the busy streets of San Francisco, where one recently collided with a motorcyclist, who was taken to the hospital, according to Ars Technica.
"Once we get that approval from the federal government, we will be cleared to deploy these vehicles", said Paul Hemmersbaugh, GM chief counsel and public policy director.
If we are to consider a auto truly autonomous, it would surely be at the point where human controls are completely removed such as a steering wheel and pedals. Current law caps the number of exempted vehicles at 2,500 vehicles per manufacturer per year.
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