It’s a headline that someone wouldn’t bat an eye at, at this point, if it weren’t for the location that it’s all happening. Out West, autonomous vehicle tests are noteworthy, of course, but they’re nothing new. However, up and down the East Coast, you’d be hard pressed to find any major tech company, or car manufacturer for that matter, testing out driverless cars.
General Motors will change that script starting next year.
Through the company’s Cruise Automation arm, it’ll open up the first robotic car fleet in Manhattan in 2018. In a joint statement last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that GM and Cruise were the first to apply to conduct “sustained testing of self-driving cars in the state,” which recently modified its vehicle regulations to allow for autonomous vehicles. Through its Cuise program, GM will deploy a fleet of self-driving cars within a geo-fenced area of Manhattan.