The first mass-producing cars without steering wheels

Just as 1908 marked the end of the horse and buggy era with the introduction of the Ford Model T, 2018 may well be remembered as the end of the automotive era, as General Motors begins mass-production of a driverless auto without steering wheels or pedals. They also won't have an owner since GM will deploy its self-driving vehicle for ride-hailing, not personal use. The company declined to say where it would like to launch the fleets, which customers would hail via an app and engage with via touchscreens inside the vehicles.

The Cruise AV was developed with Cruise Automation, the San Francisco-based self-driving vehicle company that GM acquired in March 2016.

Even though these companies have tested Level 4 vehicles, most of the time they had a driver at the wheel to make sure there isn't an accident if the system doesn't work properly.

Vogt said the self-driving Bolt has redundant systems built in to back up the driving systems. That's where occupants will be able to interact with the autonomous systems, from the vehicle advising people its passengers to buckle up, through to showing them the route they're going to take. But Waymo's self-driving fleet still has controls. While it might seem like GM is asking for a special treatment, they really aren't, Ammann told The Verge.

But ownership of the autonomous electric Cruise AVs is likely to stay either with GM and perhaps its Lyft ride-sharing service.

Late previous year, Waymo started an autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix using a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The steering wheel may become obsolete sooner than we expected.

In its safety report, GM returned to the integrated-manufacturing priority that it believes has enabled Cruise to produce its vehicles with safety at the forefront.

The Dearborn automaker is targeting delivery and fleet services at launch rather than focusing exclusively on autonomous vehicles as ride-sharing vehicles like other automakers.

Under current law, it's illegal to deploy vehicles on public roads if those vehicles don't meet all of the existing federal regulations.

GM's plan for the driverless Chevy bolts is to use them as autonomous taxis across the country.

U.S. auto giant General Motors has revealed its new Cruise AV, which it says is the first production-ready fully-autonomous vehicle. That's the maximum number the government will now allow for each manufacturer.

Multiple reports are saying that GM is still communicating with the NHTSA for permissions to deploy cars without brake pedals or steering wheel.

  • Zachary Reyes