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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #345 on: January 12, 2018, 05:36:22 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: The vehicle in the article is an EV.  ;D

Pic + Video — Inside Fully Autonomous GM/Cruise Taxi  :o

January 12th, 2018 by James Ayre

GM has released pictures of the inside of a fully autonomous, driverless taxi design that the company is currently trying to get approved by US regulators. The inside of the GM/Cruise self-driving car is about what you’d expect from such a vehicle — there’s no steering wheel and no pedals of any kind.

Tentative plans call for such a vehicle to be used in the company’s first commercial ridesharing fleet — with the aim being for a launch of such services sometime in 2019.

Notably, the doors of the design in question are capable of opening themselves, and there are reportedly other features meant to accommodate the impaired.

“General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls,” GM reports.

“GM executives said the automaker has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow 16 alterations to existing vehicle safety rules — such as having an airbag in what would normally be the driver’s seat, but without a steering wheel — to enable the deployment of the Cruise AV,” Reuters reports.

“The automaker would then need to obtain similar approval from individual US states. GM executives said 7 US states already allow the alterations sought by the automaker. In other states — including those that stipulate a car must have a licensed human driver — GM will work with regulators to change or get a waiver from existing rules.”

As with Ford’s recently revealed plans involving Postmates, it’s not yet clear where GM/Cruise’s first deployments off this new vehicle would roll out.

It should probably be noted here, even though many have no doubt already guessed, that initial deployments will only be in cities that have been extensively mapped and where there is likely to be strong enough demand to justify continued mapping efforts.

For more details, you can jump into GM’s 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report.

Related: Autonomous Driving Levels 0–5 + Implications


Jfake Hname • 2 hours ago
imo this is bigger news than it appears. i dont think most people understand just how much of a cars design is based around ICE drivetrains and driver controls. eliminating both of these will increase the 3D printability and ease automating production.

A mass produced 3D printed BEV with no driver controls will be produced like "bullets out of a machine gun". Imo they will get much cheaper, much quicker once this snowball gets rolling.

Zachary Shahan Community Manager > Jfake Hname • an hour ago
i have to admit that i'm surprised GM is where it seems to be.

Fred > Jfake Hname • an hour ago
Is it a BEV? The article doesn't say and controlling the car is completely different than powering it.

Zachary Shahan Community Manager > Fred • an hour ago
Yes, it's a Bolt.

Tony Reyes > Fred • 37 minutes ago
It is built on the Bolt platform which is optimized for EV powertrains. I have trouble imagining they would put an ICE powertrain in this.

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