General Motors already has its autonomous car (through its subsidiary Cruise) and the Cruise Origin it is official, This car (which looks more like a ferry) is characterized by the complete lack of manual controls: neither steering wheel nor pedals. All this is missing because Cruise designed this vehicle specifically for operation without a driver.
General Motors announced its plans for Develop a vehicle that is self-sufficient a while ago and have put pressure to obtain enough permissions from the authorities that approve their operation. Through the Cruise subsidiary (in which GM holds the majority of the stocks) they seek to create a completely autonomous vehicle, and in that vehicle something that is obviously left over is the steering wheel.
The Cruise Origin (name for this first model) it has finally come true to the public at an event held in San Francisco in the past few hours. An event that was months late because expected for 2019 and with a different look. The reason for this delay is that more evidence is required due to the technical and regulatory difficulties they have been exposed to.
Cruise Origin from General Motors: Completely autonomous, electric and shared
The many years of work and development between General Motors, Honda and Cruise have finally paid off. The Cruise Origin is a vehicle that looks more like a ferry than a car and with a capacity for six people and a size similar to an SUV. It is a fully electric and completely autonomous vehicle.
Cruise Origin doesn’t have a front hood or trunk, you don’t need it in the end. Instead, use the space for placement six spacious seats that are more like a wagon than a car, because they look at each other and are not facing forward like conventional cars. Neither of these seats is intended for the driver, because once inside, you can’t take control of the Cruise Origin.
The Approach to car sharing It’s obvious in this Crusie Origin. In addition to the arrangement of the seats, screens are available on which the travel route as well as the departure and pick-up locations of the individual passengers are displayed. As mentioned earlier, the car can drive day and night without a break as there is no driver to rest (it is assumed that it needs to be charged). The vehicle’s lifespan is one million miles (just over a million and a half kilometers).
The Company did not provide an official price or the date on which production started, The level of autonomous driving for this vehicle without a steering wheel is also not entirely clear how far it is loud reported The Verge: “Until the vehicle is ready for series production, we believe that the main software that drives our vehicles has superhuman performance and is safer than the average human driver.”
In any case Cruise was not the only company to develop cars without a steering wheel or traditional controls, Google’s Waymo with its vehicles in Arizona it is a clear example of this. Tesla continues to move forward in its 100% autonomous driving system and Ford insure that they are preparing something similar for 2021.