The startup Cruise, the self-driving car maker whose majority shares General Motors, has revealed the first driverless car.
The electric-powered Cruze Origin system was developed by Honda, which also owns a stake in the company.
The car, which had no steering wheel or brakes, was supposed to be launched last year, but for special conditions it has been delayed until now.
Cruise said the car was designed for co-ownership, meaning “it is not a product that you buy, but rather an experience that you share with others.”
The company’s CEO, Dan Aman, seeks to keep drivers out of the idea of individual ownership and turn them toward a sharing model, to help reduce emissions and accidents and reduce congestion.
Dan said in a speech at the launching ceremony in the city of San Francisco, that the Cruze Origin was not just a car model, “It is a self-driving, one hundred percent electric, it is a participatory car.”
The company president did not say when the car would start production or how many cars he planned to manufacture. In addition, it did not grant permission to start using the roads, and it will require several extensive tests on the car before it is granted.
“Our work is not finished,” Aman said on Tuesday.
This is not the first time that Cruz has invaded the world of driverless cars. For years, the company has been testing modified Chevrolet Bolt electric cars, but with a driver.
General Motors was aiming to launch a commercial self-driving vehicle service in San Francisco last year, but postponed the plan, saying cars needed more testing.
The Cruze Origin faces unexpected technical challenges due to difficulties in determining whether the objects around it are moving.
Honda Motor Company bought 5.7 percent of Cruz shares for $ 2.75 billion in 2018. As part of this deal, General Motors announced plans to develop a self-driving car in October 2018. Japan’s Soft Banks Vision Fund also invested in The company.
Other automakers have entered the manufacturing race to launch self-driving cars using the latest artificial intelligence technology, despite obstacles to regulation and safety measures they face. A number of deaths due to autonomous cars have led to greater government intervention and a call for further development and modernization of cars.
German auto maker Volkswagen is struggling to develop self-driving cars and complains of “the enormous complications it faces”.