US plans to legalize autonomous passenger capsules

US plans to legalize autonomous passenger capsules

October 22, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Carmaker Cruise is working with its majority shareholder GM to seek US regulatory approval so that a limited number of Cruise Origin fully autonomous passenger capsules can be launched onto the streets.

The Cruise Origin, unveiled in January, looks more like a passenger cabin as it lacks steering wheel and pedals. It boasts two seats facing each other so it can accommodate four passengers.

Cruise is withdrawing an exemption petition filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (NHTSA) in January 2018, which sought approval to test a limited number of autonomous models powered by the Chevrolet Bolt platform on city streets.

The agency said it “will review the new petition when it is received.”

Cruise already received approval from the California Authority last week, becoming the first company allowed to test self-driving cars in San Francisco.

It is worth noting that the NHTSA has recently been considering revising some vehicle safety regulations to remove “unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe implementation of automated driving systems.”

Cruise expects Origin’s fully autonomous capsules to travel more than 1,609,344 km, six times more than the average car. “Origin will only be available as a sharing tool with the potential to ultimately save people money,” the official press release said.