Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

NY a strong partner for Cruise Automation

NY a strong partner for Cruise Automation

Many auto and tech companies have cited 2020 as a date for deploying the technologies. The vehicle will join Cruise's testing fleets in San Francisco, metropolitan Phoenix and Detroit.

General Motors is planning to test self-driving cars in the streets of New York City early next year.

"New York is the ultimate proving ground for autonomous vehicle technology", Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said Tuesday, in a press release.

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The law that allows testing of self-driving cars in NY lapses on April 1st, 2018 so these tests have to been conducted by then. "This partnership with General Motors and Cruise Automation is an exciting step into that future". GM and Cruise now have a registered fleet of 100 autonomous Bolts, according to GM spokesman Patrick Sullivan. "We test in San Francisco only because we have to". Cruise is aiming to test in a five-square-mile section of lower Manhattan, the WSJ reported. They'll have an engineer behind the wheel to monitor performance. Cruise will also have to open an office in New York City and hire employees for a new team.

"Based on our experience, every minute of testing in San Francisco is about as valuable as an hour of testing in the suburbs", Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt said in a Medium post earlier this month.

Can I get one for Halloween? "We believe it's the fastest path toward deploying self-driving cars at scale". But rival companies have said they could be on the road in about four years.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "The time to embrace this revolution in transportation technology is now, which is why Governor Cuomo is positioning New York State at the forefront of autonomous vehicle testing and research". Uber and Volvo began testing self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh last fall. California, where many autonomous vehicle companies are based, has similar requirements. Las Vegas has tested an autonomous shuttle.

The cars will be programmed to navigate obstacles such as aggressive drivers, construction barriers and bad weather. In addition to the legislation, the new Department of Motor Vehicles application process is another step forward in making ny the epicenter of cutting-edge technology and innovation.

Wheaton also said NY is the kind of place that could see the first applications of autonomous shuttles or shared vehicle fleets because of its dense population.

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Leaders around the country are clearing the way for autonomous vehicles technology given the expected safety benefits.

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