Many seasoned drivers don’t want get behind the wheel in the streets of NYC. If self driving cars can safely maneuver and keep up it will be a huge testament to the techs performance. Via Mashable:
Self-driving cars are slated to hit the Big Apple next year.
GM-owned Cruise Automation plans to launch an autonomous vehicle (AV) test program in New York City in early 2018, becoming the first company to put self-driving cars on the infamously busy streets of Manhattan.
New York’s densely trafficked roads and huge number of pedestrians make the city a testing ground filled with “unique challenges” that will be invaluable to train the self-driving system, Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt told the Wall Street Journal.
The pilot cars, which will be all-electric Chevy Bolts, will also have to contend with challenging driving situations brought about by East Coast weather conditions, which the company doesn’t typically face during its tests in its home state of California. Vogt also said the Cruise will open a research facility somewhere in the city, but didn’t share any other details.
Cruise doesn’t have plans to use the NYC-based cars to offer rides to the public, like the company aims to do in San Francisco. Cruise executives told the Wall Street Journal, however, that a Cruise ride-hailing service could be implemented “sooner” than people think.