GM to release “real” driverless cars without pedals and steering wheel

Cruise, a self-driving car start-up owned by General Motors, will unveil its first driverless car in San Francisco on Tuesday, local time, according tomedia reports. Cruise’s self-driving cars, developed in partnership with General Motors, are completely different from manned cars, making them more spacious and more passenger-friendly. People familiar with the matter said the car, to be unveiled at an event in San Francisco, would provide commuters with more space in the car without traditional controls such as pedals and steering wheels.

GM to release "real" driverless cars without pedals and steering wheel

Graphic: Gm’s cruise autopilot preview released in 2018

Cruise spokesman Ray Wert said the company would release a no-traditional car and declined to comment further.

Cruise has been testing Chevrolet Bolt compact electric cars for years, with drivers. Cruise and General Motors had planned to launch a ride-sharing service last year, and the self-driving car, released Tuesday, could be used in the business.

Dan Ammann, Cruise’s chief executive, said in July that the company wanted to ensure that the technology was completely safe and that the public and government were prepared for driverless cars. Cruise has a “clear vision” for all regulatory approvals, he said.

Cruise has obtained permission from California to test driverless cars on public roads. Executives have been discussing rules with state officials that allow toll-making in driverless cars.

Cruise has raised $7.25 billion from investors including Honda Motor Co., Japan’s SoftBank-run Vision Fund and The Prudential Group.