Cruise, GM to seek U.S. okay for self-driving vehicle without pedal, steering wheel

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(Reuters) – Autonomous automaker Cruise said on Wednesday that it and majority shareholder General Motors Co will seek U.S. regulatory approval in the coming months to deploy a limited number of Cruise Origin vehicles without steering wheels and pedals.

At the same time, it will withdraw an exemption petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in January 2018 to seek approval to deploy a limited number of similar autonomous vehicles based on the Chevrolet platform. Bolt.

NHTSA, which spent 15 months reviewing GM’s petition before soliciting public comment, said Wednesday it “will review the new petition when received.

Cruise unveiled the Origin, which has just two long, face-to-face seats that can comfortably accommodate four passengers, in January. GM plans to start building the Origin in Detroit in late 2021 or early 2022.

Robert Grant, Cruise’s vice president of global government affairs, made the announcement after Cruise last week received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to be the first to test driverless cars on the streets of San Francisco. Four other companies have empty driving licenses in Silicon Valley towns that are easier to navigate.

Under current law, companies can request an exemption from motor vehicle safety standards for up to 2,500 vehicles for up to two years that violate existing federal rules.

The exemptions relate to U.S. vehicle safety rules, written largely decades ago, under which human drivers would have control of a vehicle.

GM requested a temporary waiver in 2018 on features like rear-view mirrors, dashboard lights and turn signals designed for a human driver. GM initially hoped to get approval to deploy the vehicles without human control by the end of 2019.

NHTSA has considered revising motor vehicle safety rules to remove “unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of automated driving systems.”

Reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee, David Shepardson and Paul Lienert; Editing by Nick Zieminski, Richard Chang and David Gregorio

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-22 08:16:10.

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