GM to be the first to test self-driving cars in NYC

GM's Cruise will bring self-driving cars to NYC streets

Cuomo today announced that ny is now accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads.

The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement.

If GM gets the green light, it would be the first to test "level 4" autonomous cars in the Big Apple.

In a statement, Cruise Automation's CEO Kyle Vogt said the NYC trials will "accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale".

Autonomous vehicles are already navigating the verdant hills of Pittsburgh and cruising the pitched avenues of San Francisco.

Nvidia (NVDA) last week unveiled a new AI-driven computer for fully autonomous vehicles and will partner with a German logistics giant to test a fleet of self-driving delivery trucks next year.

Watch out, pedestrians: Self-driving cars are headed to the streets of New York City. The area is now being mapped via geo-fencing tools - and GM will be hiring people in the New York City area, says New York's Office of the Governor. All cars tested will have an engineer in the driver's seat and a second person in the passenger seat. Now we're taking that one step further.

Alongside the pilot deployment, Cruise will also be operating a new research center in the city, likely because it doesn't make much sense to round trip the data back to its offices in San Francisco.

As part of the deal, Strobe's engineering team is joining GM's Cruise Automation team "to define and develop next-generation lidar solutions for self-driving vehicles".

General Motors announced that it has acquired Strobe Inc., a Pasadena, Calif. -based developer of laser-imaging technology (lidar) for autonomous vehicles.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "The State Police applaud any new and advanced technology that will improve safety on our roadways and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities". We have a streetscape that is unrivaled in its scale and complexity, and so it's fitting that General Motos and Cruise Automation are finally bringing this technology here for testing and development.

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