'How would you feel if you heard about a self-driving vehicle being tested on public roads, and it didn’t have a backup driver inside it? How about if it didn’t have pedals? Now how about no steering wheel? All these questions are relevant to plans that were recently unveiled by General Motors (GM), as it revealed to the world that is has successfully developed a self-driving car with the above-mentioned details.
Can you even imagine that? A so-called car, with seating, a dashboard, and everything else that you might expect both inside and outside…except it doesn’t have pedals nor a steering wheel. And when it goes on the road, it won’t have a human backup driver sitting inside it to make sure that it doesn’t cause any unexpected accidents. Well, with GM’s recent efforts, there’s no need to imagine this at all. Evidently, they’ve turned this thought into a reality.
GM recently sent a request to U.S. regulators asking for permission to test its driverless Cruise AV vehicles on U.S. roads at some point in the next year. The U.S. regulators might have already given them permission already, if not for the simple fact that human backup drivers won’t be onboard to make sure everything goes according to plan — in person. As of this time’s writing, GM’s plans for the the world’s first mass-production self-driving car with no room for a steering wheel or pedals is being reviewed “carefully and responsibly” by the authorities. And by the looks of it, they could soon get the permission that they’re asking for.'
Read more: U.S. regulators are considering allowing a self-driving car with no pedals or steering wheel on public roads as early as next year
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