NHTSA seeks public opinion on driverless cars

General Motors had filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving car.

Named Cruise AV, the car is the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.

In the petition, the company had asked to adjust 16 motor vehicle standards that would enable it to test vehicles with no steering wheel, pedals, and other driver controls. If the company gets the approval it plans to test 2,500 of its modified Chevrolet Bolts on public roads of the country, according to some reports.

The NHTSA had delayed action for 15 months on General Motors’s request to deploy these robotic vehicles. The body has now announced that it will be asking the public of their opinion on allowing robotic cars as it sets the first legal boundaries.

NHTSA will for the first time compare a vehicle in which all driving decisions are made by a computer versus a human driver, according to a report by Reuters. Along on GM regulators are also seeking public comment on a separate petition by autonomous vehicle startup Nuro that aims to deploy a limited number of low-speed, highly automated delivery vehicles without human occupants. It will accept public comments for at least 60 days.


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