GM Plans Test of Self-Driving Cars in NYC in 2018

GM Plans Test of Self-Driving Cars in NYC in 2018”

Cruise will test its self-driving fleet in NY in a five mile square section of Manhattan, the company announced led via the WSJ, in a move that will also make it the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles in the city.

The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement.

Mapping for autonomous vehicles has begun in a geofenced area.

State legislation introduced earlier this year allows for testing autonomous vehicles in the state.

The pilot program in NYC won't be much different than other autonomous testing now underway in cities like San Francisco and Phoenix.

As part of the agreement to test its technology in New York, Cruise will begin building a team of employees in New York City.

"We're proud to be on the forefront of this emerging industry that has the potential to be the next great technological advance that moves our economy", said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement.

Cruise is applying to test a Level 4 autonomous vehicle for the first time in New York City. It's not clear how many self-driving cars GM plans to roll out on the street of NYC at the beginning of the test program. The Bolts will be operated by safety drivers in a five-square-mile area in lower Manhattan, which the company's engineers are now mapping to prep for the AVs.

The pilot cars, which will be all-electric Chevy Bolts, will also have to contend with challenging driving situations brought about by East Coast weather conditions, which the company doesn't typically face during its tests in its home state of California. What better city to use for testing, then, than NY, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America.

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