In a bold declaration by General Motors, the company announced that it plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019. This statement will potentially draw immense attention on GM at the Annual Detroit Auto Show which is due to kick off next week.
The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.
By committing to rolling out fully driverless cars in a shortened time-frame, GM is seeking to outmaneuver rivals both old and new in the increasingly hyper competitive race to build and deploy robot cars. Unlike those other companies, GM provided a sneak peek at how its new, futuristic cars will look on the inside.
GM President Dan Ammann believes that alongside giving the company a leg over its rivals, this technology will also change the world. This report and announcement about GM’s first fully driverless vehicle is sure to impress investors, who have been bullish on the company thanks to its unique ability to scale its product.