Cruise, a subsidiary of development of autonomous cars to the General Motors (GM), has been pushed back beyond 2019 the first rounds of wheels of vehicles, said Wednesday his boss.
In a blog post, Dan Ammann explains that the company needs much more time to ensure that its service of booking of autonomous cars running safely.
“in Order to achieve the levels of performance and security required to deploy a service vehicle completely autonomous in San Francisco, we need to increase significantly the tests and swallowing (still) miles for the rest of the year,” writes Mr. Ammann, the former number two of GM.
therefore, ” the timing of deployment of the vehicle completely autonomous, will be postponed beyond the end of the year.”
In November 2017, General Motors had revealed that it was considering launching a reservation service for car carrying, way taxi, passengers and goods without a driver behind the wheel at the end of the year 2019.
San Francisco had been chosen as the first city where the service was going to be tested, before being extended to other u.s. cities.
Eldorado of the auto
The leaders had, however, not indicated how many cars would be part of this fleet, but highlighted the fact that it was important to be among the first to deploy this technology, with the electric, as the eldorado of the automotive industry.
The backwardness of the Cruise, which includes Honda and the japanese group Softbank as shareholders, comes at a time when doubts surround the autonomous cars.
The autonomous control has in fact been a snag after an accident in march 2018, a car belonging to Uber during tests on the roads of Tempe, in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona (usa).
According to the controller of transportation u.s. NTSB, the car Uber had detected the victim before the shock but had not been able to stop because the emergency braking system was not activated.
This accident has forced most of the groups involved in the autonomy to re-evaluate their security systems, so much so that the confidence of the public in these cars without a driver is substantially eroded.