GM aims to deploy Bolt without steering wheel, pedals by 2019

GM aims to deploy Bolt without steering wheel, pedals by 2019

by Justin King

The company has petitioned the DoT to allow completely self-driving cars on public roads.

General Motors claims to have revealed the first "production-ready" car with no steering wheel or pedals.

A photo shows the company's Cruise AV -- an extensively modified Chevrolet Bolt -- without any manual controls for a human driver. The car is said to be GM's fourth-generation autonomous prototype.

The company has submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation asking permission to deploy a fleet of fully self-driving vehicles without manual controls by 2019.

The cars presumably won't enter traditional volume production, as each unit appears to be outfitted with tens of thousands of dollars in lidar sensors alone.

GM has released a "self-driving safety report" (PDF) to support its claim of production readiness, essentially mimicking a document released by autonomous leader Waymo.

The company takes a few indirect digs at Google's autonomous driving division, arguing that San Francisco testing encounters 32 times as many possible "interactions" as Phoenix -- home to Waymo's testing -- though Cruise does not outline how many miles it has logged in California or in simulation tests.

GM says deployment of self-driving cars will require integrating the software expertise of Silicon Valley with the "systems safety and manufacturing expertise" of Detroit.