GM Jumps Ahead in Self-Driving CarsIssue 12-04-17 |
Apple has scaled back its automotive ambitions while Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., is locked in a battle with Uber Technologies over the intellectual property of Alphabet's driverless unit, Waymo. These situations have paved the way for companies like General Motors to move ahead of the pack with these autonomous vehicles. The company unveiled the latest version of its electric Chevy Bolt, which is scheduled to be used as the backbone of a robo-taxi business GM plans to start in 2019.
GM acquired Cruise Automation, Kyle Vogt's company, and now Vogt has been able to figure out several key problems a few levels above the carmaker's sight lines. Vogt's Bolts are currently being tested on the streets in four cities, and their steering wheels could be removed entirely sometime next year. As driverless cars appear more on public roadways, federal regulators are likely to be watching more closely.