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GM’s Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle.



GM’s Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle.

On Tuesday Cruise, the self-driving car start up majority owned by General Motors, unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless – naming it Origin.

The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company.

The electric shuttle does not have manual controls such as pedals or a steering wheel.

Cruise have stated:

"It's not a product you buy, it's an experience you share."

Chief executive Dan Ammann says he wants drivers to move away from individual ownership to a sharing model, to help reduce emissions, accidents and congestion.

Doors part rather than swing out to open.
Seats offer extra legroom.
Sensors function as the vehicle’s eyes and rotate to help the car perceive what’s going on around it.

GM first announced its plans to develop a “purpose-built” self-driving vehicle in October 2018 as part of a deal with Honda Motors, who agreed to invest $2.75 billion in Cruise. The tie-up gave the Japanese automaker a 5.7% stake in Cruise for the investment, which included an immediate $750 million and another $2 billion for development and deployment of self-driving vehicles over the next 12 years. Further investment was provided by Japan’s SoftBank’s Vision Fund.

No date has been released yet about when the Cruise will go into production. 

(Image: BBC NEWS) 


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