Kyle Vogt, GM’s CEO of Cruise Automation has said that his team has created the world’s first mass-producible car designed to operate without a driver. He wrote on his blog that the car isn’t just a concept design — it has airbags, crumple zones, and comfortable seats. It’s assembled in a high-volume assembly plant capable of producing 100,000’s of vehicles per year.
It is claimed by Vogt that there’s no other car like this in existence and in a few weeks, these cars will be a part of the fleet that carries Cruise employees anywhere in San Francisco using an app developed by the company. But for now, there will still be a human behind the wheel.
Vogt further said in the blog that building a few of these self-driving vehicles, or even a few hundred, won’t accomplish what the company is set out to do. And a self-driving business that depends on humans sitting behind the wheel is fundamentally unsustainable, so that won’t cut it either. The company aims to integrate the best software and hardware to deploy truly driverless vehicles at scale.
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