"We test in San Francisco only because we have to".
Audi may have been the first auto company to demo autonomous technology in the state of New York, but GM is the first company to get permission to test autonomous vehicles in New York City, and the launch is coming from GM's subsidiary Cruise Automation.
Details of the test run are still being ironed out, but each auto will have two people inside to monitor and evaluate the vehicles as they cruise the streets of Manhattan.
Other cities like San Francisco and Pittsburgh have already allowed such technology but are still in the testing phases. At a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, GM President Dan Ammann said "In a more complex environment, our cars can learn more quickly". I have taken part in three AV demonstrations in 2017, and there is no question that we are on the brink of a breakthrough for the automotive industry and our state economy.More news: Pakistan hostage story: Rescue, release or handover?
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "The time to embrace this revolution in transportation technology is now, which is why Governor Cuomo is positioning New York State at the forefront of autonomous vehicle testing and research". This technology could reduce or eliminate the over 1 million deaths caused by cars around the world each year. They're expected to begin in early 2018. It was previously reported the testing will occur in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. "This partnership with General Motors and Cruise Automation is an exciting step into that future".
Industry experts predict one-quarter of the miles driven in the U.S.by the year 2030 will be in shared self-driving vehicles. With self-driving vehicle development, once one auto learns how to handle a specific situation, that knowledge is shared with all other cars in its fleet.
"The spirit of innovation is what defines NY, and we are positioned on the forefront of this emerging industry that has the potential to be the next great technological advance that moves our economy and moves us forward", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The company has tested more than 100 of the vehicles around the country, including in dense San Francisco, but New York's harsh weather and even harsher streets will "improve our software at a much faster rate", Vogt said.