Can GM Turn the City That Never Sleeps Into the City That

first_img It’s hard enough navigating the hectic streets of Manhattan on foot. Why would anyone want to let loose self-driving cars in the city?Ask New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose recent legislation allows for such antics.The state is now accepting applications from companies interested in demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. And General Motors’ subsidiary Cruise Automation is interested.“New York has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement.During testing, all autonomous vehicles must have a licensed driver behind the wheel, and a second person in the passenger seat.The state Department of Motor Vehicles permit process also calls for applicants to specify when and where their automobiles will travel; routing information includes date and time, origin and destination, and total distance.Self-driving cars have traditionally been restricted to urban test facilities and more sprawling cities and towns. But since Audi performed New York’s first autonomous vehicle demo in June, more manufacturers want in on the challenge.“New York City is one of the most densely populated places in the world and provides new opportunities to expose our software to unusual situations, which means we can improve our software at a much faster rate,” according to Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, which GM acquired for $1 billion in March 2016.“Testing in New York will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale,” he said.If accepted, Cruise’s planned trial would mark the first time Level 4 (“mind off”) autonomous vehicles, which does not require the driver’s full attention, are tested in New York State.“The time to embrace this revolution in transportation technology is now,” Liut. Gov. Kathy Hochul added. “I have taken part in three AV demonstrations in 2017, and there is no question that we are on the brink of a breakthrough for the automotive industry and our state economy.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept Stay on targetlast_img

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