The means the Cruise AV — a fourth-generation autonomous vehicle based on the Chevy Bolt EV — is in total control.
The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt — already being tested on busy streets in San Francisco and Phoenix with a human engineer in the vehicle — relies on cameras, radar and high-precision laser sensors known as lidar for navigation.
Beginning in 2019, the vehicles will be used in a ride-sharing program in multiple American cities, where “the vehicles will travel on a fixed route controlled by their mapping system,” Bloomberg reported.
To improve safety, the vehicles will share information with one another and rely on two computer systems, which operate simultaneously so that if one computer encounters a problem, the second computer can serve as a backup, according to GM’s self-driving safety report.
The report says the Cruise AV was designed to operate in chaotic, fluid conditions, such as aggressive drivers, jaywalkers, bicyclists, delivery trucks and construction.