Self-driving cars headed to Manhattan streets

18 October, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Becky Perry
  • The Chevy Bolt AVs that will be used for the NYC testing program

Cruise Automation, a self-driving software company owned by General Motors, aims to begin testing in NY early next year.

"New York has emerged as one of the nation's leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers, "Governor Cuomo said".

Cruise's planned testing would be the first time Level 4 autonomous vehicles will be tested in New York State.

I'd expect more major cities to become testing targets for Cruise as capacity and local regulators allow, then, since it seems like GM will aim to deploy and future consumer self-driving services in those areas first.

The company has tested more than 100 of the vehicles around the country, including in dense San Francisco, but New York's harsh weather and even harsher streets will "improve our software at a much faster rate", Vogt said.

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They filed the application to start testing and they already started mapping the area where the vehicles will be tested. During its upcoming tests in Manhattan, there will be an engineer in the driver's seat to "monitor and evaluate performance", and a second person in the passenger seat. In addition to the legislation, the new Department of Motor Vehicles application process is another step forward in making ny the epicenter of cutting-edge technology and innovation. This was also the first-time self-driving cars were officially driven on New York City roads. "We test in San Francisco only because we have to".

Tech companies have been advocating for autonomous vehicles, citing their fuel efficiency and theoretical aversion to accidents. I have taken part in three AV demonstrations in 2017, and there is no question that we are on the brink of a breakthrough for the automotive industry and our state economy.

The driverless cars will be tested on a 5-square-mile section of Lower Manhattan.

Cruise Automation introduced its third-gen automated vehicle.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said, "New York is the ultimate proving ground for autonomous vehicle technology".

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