'Not a Car': GM's Cruise to Show Off…Something
Cruise LLC, General Motors’ self-driving arm, plans to reveal a revolutionary vehicle in San Francisco on Tuesday, Bloomberg has learned. It will not be a modified Chevrolet Bolt that’s missing its steering wheel.
The expected reveal comes after a multiple rounds of funding and promises of near-future production and a planned ridesharing fleet.
Unlike the Bolt testbed that first saw the light of day back in 2017, Cruise’s new vehicle will be a ground-up effort, designed with no human driver in mind. That means a cabin with no steering wheel or pedals, and loads of space and connectivity for passengers to extend their workday.
The planned ridesharing fleet, which GM sees as a solid future revenue stream, hit the back burner in 2019 after GM opted for extra testing while awaiting the necessary regulatory approvals. A new type of autonomous vehicle is thought to form the basis of this fleet.
Cruise didn’t have much to say about the reveal, with spokesman Ray Werk only telling Bloomberg that the vehicle “is definitely not a car.”
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Monorail... Monorail... Monorail... Monorail... "...and loads of space and connectivity for passengers to extend their workday." Oh, *joy*. I work in a salaried position. My employer already gets enough of my time on nights, weekends, holidays, etc. as it is, for which I see no additional compensation. They don't need more of it.
If they do decide to remove steering wheel, they should put two screens in front of each passenger rather than one in the middle.
Who in their right mind, is ever going to "TRUST", to convey them in traffic. In which you have human operated vehicles in the "MIX". It's a receipy for chaos and disaster. All I can say, is that GM, better have some great insurance, because if they are self insured, we are looking ar a 2nd bankruptcy.
As a Bolt owner I get really creepy uncanny valley feelings looking at that picture.