NYC to host self-driving auto test by General Motors, Cruise Automation

Faith Castro
October 18, 2017

All vehicles will also have to comply with federal safety standards and all applicable New York State inspection standards, and a person holding a valid driver license must be present in the driver's seat at all times while it is operated on public highways. What better city to use for testing, then, than NY, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America.

Autonomous vehicles are already navigating the verdant hills of Pittsburgh and the pitched avenues of San Francisco.

In a blog post earlier this month, Vogt said every minute of testing in a complicated urban environment like San Francisco is the equivalent of an hour of testing in suburbs.

Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech:NYC, said, "GM and Cruise's autonomous vehicle testing in New York City demonstrates a significant step forward and ensures New York continues to lead the tech industry".

Don't be surprised if you see someone parking their vehicle while reading a book next year - it's all part of a special test drive.

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"Testing in NY will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale", stated Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation.

The mix of pedestrians, taxis, buses and cars on New York City streets actually make it a ideal testing ground for self-driving technology, Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt said.

Cruise and its corporate parent, General Motors, said Tuesday that they have applied to test Cruise's cars in crowded, traffic-intense Manhattan. The cars are programmed to stop for pedestrians, a habit that hurried New Yorkers may take advantage of, slowing the Bolts from being able to drive at a reasonable speed. Cruise and GM didn't immediately say how many vehicles will be operating in NY. For example, he said, test cars in San Francisco encountered 270 emergency vehicles every 1,000 miles; in the Phoenix suburbs, they only encountered six.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office sent out a press release confirming this agreement with Cruise Automation.

News of the upcoming tests comes after Audi in June performed New York's first autonomous vehicle demo.

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