Are they still going to have loud blaring horns and a recorded string of curses in case someone cuts you off as options?
Will the car be called HAL?
Awesome- take away brakes too- what a fantastic idea now that we are letting criminal illegal aliens drive ‘legally’ now- Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
I wouldn’t trust them to run on rails.
“All Your Destinations Are Belong to Us”
And when the brakes fail, the accelerator will s stuck, and the windows and locks stay put, the stereo will start blasting If You Love Me Baby Tell Me Loud. ( High Anxiety reference)
My late Dad used to say that in the 1950’s and early 60’s, some American cars were sold without the steering wheel. That was selected later from catalogs. I could never figure out if he was joking about that or not.
I didn’t come from the sort of family where you could just say “Daddy, I think your lying, exaggerating or just making stuff up, which is it?” Until I had moved away from home and was in my 20’s, I would never have dared to say that.
only if Bay Area CA is the test market.
I think this is a Dangerous idea
Well, getting rid of functional human override worked for Boeing...no..wait..
Nice! If you get one of those vehicles you can drop your liability insurance coverage and save some good $$! GM is responsible for any “at fault” collisions!
Maybe they should ask the woman pedestrian who was hit by a self-driving Übermobile whether this is a good idea.
No wait, they should ask her family since the Übermobile killed her.
What good is a steering wheel that the car controls? A person could hurt themselves trying to fight it.
When these cars breaks down on the road and need to be pushed off to the side of the road, how are good Samaritans going to push it off to the side of the road without any steering wheel, I guess it might get damage with some pick up forcing it off to the side of the road with brutal force in the direction it needs to go in.
This is a big deal. The architecture of all cars today is dominated by major but simple requirements: You start with a driver, who needs a seat, which requires a nearby brake pedal and steering wheel, and who needs to see out, which requires a glass windshield and side windows. These simple requirements establish the basic shape and layout of all vehicles on the road today. Taking away these basic driver controls opens the doors for great innovations in automobile shape, safety, and comfort. Hooray to GM.
Next up - parachute w/o ripcords...