GM President Dan Ammann Discusses The Cruise AV Self-Driving Car in New Video

Author: Eric Walz   

General Motors is ready to usher in a brave new world. The company garnered much attention with its new Cruise AV — a car without a steering wheel or pedals. GM President, Dan Ammann, recently spoke with CNBC to discuss GM's latest Cruise AV self-driving car and explained the vehicle in greater detail.

Ammann touches on multiple topics, but foremost, he talks about safety as a number one priority. Per Ammann, the entire project stems from safety first. Cruise Automation has detailed the systems in greater detail. GM's self-driving Cruise boasts numerous redundancies to ensure nothing can go wrong, especially when there's no choice for the passenger to retake control.

He also said GM isn't worried about the current infrastructure, either. Instead, GM and Cruise engineers worked to develop it self-driving car systems with today's infrastructure and felt waiting around for new investments wasn't the best game to play. We still don't know how self-driving cars operate in extreme weather conditions, however, and we've yet to see any prototype tackle snowy and icy conditions.

GM revealed its Cruise AV earlier this month without driver controls and also announced it submitted a safety petition to the Department of Transportation to deploy the car on public roads for commercial use in 2019. The first GM self-driving cars will be deployed in ride-hailing services.


Eric Walz
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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