GM plans to test fully autonomous vehicles in New York City

Marco Green
October 17, 2017

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.

General Motors President Dan Ammann (right) with Cruise Automation co-founders Kyle Vogt (center) and Daniel Kan (left).

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. A Level 4 autonomous vehicle is essentially capable of performing all driving tasks even if a human driver fails to respond to a request to intervene.

"Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology". 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. Several other states including California and Arizona have similar programs, where automakers and tech giants are testing autonomous vehicles on the road.

The company didn't confirm the size of the fleet that will be tested in NY.

"Testing in NY will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale", says Kyle Vogt, CEO of GM'sCruise Automation in a statement.

GM will send out a fleet of Chevrolet Bolts, self-driving electric cars, in a five-square mile section of lower Manhattan early in 2018, the Journal reported.

"Testing in NY will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale".

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