General Motors President Dan Ammann has urged the local and state governments to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public streets. According to him it is the only way for automakers to ensure that the vehicles will be ready for public use.
He said it can be limited to a geo-fenced area, but it needs to be public streets in a real-world environment.He also opined that the development of autonomous vehicles is in the interest of the public, offering numerous safety and quality of life benefits.
It must be noted that the company has invested heavily in the development of autonomous vehicles. Recently it purchased and autonomous tech startup, Cruise Automation for $1 billion. The company has also got investments in in Lyft Inc. and has launched the Maven and Cadillac Book vehicle-sharing services. GM has been testing self-driving Bolt electric vehicles, using Cruise technology, in California, Michigan and Arizona. Dan Ammann said the GM will not wait on infrastructure investments to deploy their autonomous vehicles.