GM Gets Ready to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC

GM Gets Ready to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC

General Motors and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, are already creating maps for the "geofenced" area of Manhattan where they will conduct their research.

As part of the deal, Strobe's engineering team is joining GM's Cruise Automation team "to define and develop next-generation lidar solutions for self-driving vehicles".

After testing their all-electric and autonomous Chevy Bolt EV prototypes in California, Michigan, and Arizona, GM's Cruise Automation vehicles are going to New York City to further test their system in a hard traffic environment. GM's ability to test self-driving vehicles in New York State comes from recent legislation to test autonomous technology through a pilot program. "The spirit of innovation is what defines NY, and we are positioned on the forefront of this emerging industry that has the potential to be the next great technological advance that moves our economy and moves us forward".

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"Strobe's lidar technology will significantly improve the cost and capabilities of our vehicles so that we can more quickly accomplish our mission to deploy driverless vehicles at scale", said Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO of Cruise Automation. "The spirit of innovation is what defines NY, and we are positioned on the forefront of this emerging industry that has the potential to be the next great technological advance that moves our economy and moves us forward". In order to be approved, companies like GM will have to cover each vehicle with a $5 million insurance policy, reimburse state police for any costs that come with overseeing the tests and keep a person in the driver's seat at all times. "We test in San Francisco only because we have to". To handle the testing, Cruise is expanding its presence in New York and will begin building a team of employees in New York City.

Tech companies have been advocating for autonomous vehicles, citing their fuel efficiency and theoretical aversion to accidents. The Level 4 testing is just one step removed from complete autonomy. Many vehicle and tech companies have cited 2020 as a date for deploying the technologies.

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