SF's Cruise Automation applies to test self-driving cars in NYC
18 October, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Nina Hammond
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) announced that the company is readying itself to test self-driving cars in New York City.
"New York City is one of the most densely populated places in the world and provides new opportunities to expose our software to unusual situations", according to a statement from Cruise's chief executive officer, Kyle Vogt.
Vogt hasn't said when Cruise and GM plan to expand beyond testing and actually sell autonomous vehicles.
Like in other regions where Cruise and GM are testing their prototypes, all testing will include an engineer in the driver's seat to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat. As part of this deal, Cruise Automation will be allowed to map a geofenced area in Manhattan where it will be able to test the cars. It already tests in downtown San Francisco. The area is now being mapped via geo-fencing tools - and GM will be hiring people in the New York City area, says New York's Office of the Governor.
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.
NY is a relative latecomer to autonomous vehicle testing. Now we're taking that one step further. "Strobe's deep engineering talent and technology backed by numerous patents will play a significant role in helping GM and Cruise bring these vehicles to market sooner than many think".
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said, "New York is the ultimate proving ground for autonomous vehicle technology".
Alongside the pilot deployment, Cruise will also be operating a new research center in the city, likely because it doesn't make much sense to round trip the data back to its offices in San Francisco. I thank Governor Cuomo for pushing the legislation that paved the way to this milestone.
Cruise also plans to set up an office in NY as part of its testing.
Applications for testing may be submitted by manufacturers of "autonomous vehicle technology", or companies creating such technology working in conjunction with manufacturers. "We applaud Governor Cuomo's efforts to invest in New York's tech industry and welcome GM and Cruise to New York City".
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