Automobiles, Technology

GM’s Cruise AV: The first fully autonomous production ready car


 

Is there anyone in India who lives in a city and isn’t scared of the chaotic city traffic! Or anyone who’s a regular highway user and never seen how crazily some vehicles are driven there! Imagine you’re driving at 90 kmph or above on a highway, and a trailer in front takes u-turn without any indication; horrible and life threatening, isn’t it?

I’m sure most of us have experienced either or both phenomena at times in their life. Have you ever thought what could be a solution the problem?

Yup, enforcement of the traffic laws is one of them but don’t we take our independence a bit too seriously while at the wheel, at times? Is it even possible to post one traffic policeman every 100 metres? No, not possible.

So, the only possible solution I can think of is driverless self driving vehicles, not just cars. Because if there is even one vehicle on the road driven by a human and all other vehicles are driverless, that one vehicle is going to create havoc. I’m not alone in thinking this, giant companies like Google, Tesla, GM & some others too think the same. All of them testing some driverless concept vehicle somewhere in the world, at the moment.

Here’s a picture of GM’s Cruise AV that neither has a steering wheel not pedals. There’s just an infotainment system in the centre of the dash and a few knobs to control the air conditioning etc, there is nothing else (almost) as seen in the picture for a human passenger to interfere in the vehicle’s operation. You just need to fill the tank, set the destination and enjoy the infotainment system. At least that’s what we can assume from the picture below.

However, let’s come back to the real world and see where we stand at the moment:

1. Most of these are concepts now and not in production yet.

2. Even when in production, I don’t think they will be in the reach of common people in India price wise.

3. If you somehow get one to India when it’s in production, driving it along side today’s cars driven in the way they are now, will be no less than suicide.

So, there is hope, but a long way to go. Not sure if our generation or our children will see it happening here in India. I’m hopeful though. 🙂

 

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Source of Info:

1. http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2018/jan/0112-cruise-av.html?sf179020268=1

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