General Motors is betting big on sweeping changes across the automotive landscape this decade, and into the next. According to The Detroit News, GM forecasts autonomous vehicles on the road in only five years in certain areas, likely through ride sharing services, like Lyft.
Mark Reuss, head of global product development, also stated autonomous vehicles could be for sale to individual consumers in 10 years. Reuss made the comments during the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit in Detroit.
GM CEO Mary Barra also stated upcoming framework for autonomous vehicle testing should be announced later this summer by the National Highway Traffic Association. It will likely mandate that a human being be present in autonomous vehicles as a safety precaution.
“We believe that they will start with a safety driver in the vehicle, which I think provides that extra layer of attention as we not only prove and validate the technology, but then demonstrate to consumers the safety of technology,” Barra said. “I think the framework will work.”
Barra has also been in favor or autonomous vehicles still having a manual brake and accelerator pedal, plus a steering wheel.
GM’s first true foray into autonomous driving will be its Super Cruise technology, expected to debut on the Cadillac CT6 in the near future. Despite a lack of specifics, and an unknown delay for the technology, Barra is confident it will assist the driver in a meaningful way.
“Super Cruise is a technology that we have invested thousands and thousands of man-hours developing and validating. And it has all the requirements will be met from a federal motor vehicle safety standards perspective,” she said.
“We feel very confident that when we launch it next year that it will be something that assists the driver.”