Barra Celebrates Cruise AV, Renovated HQ Area With Staff

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UPDATED: 1/17/18 5:03 pm ET

DETROIT — Common Motors CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday celebrated the finished renovation of an area at its world headquarters with staff by publicly exhibiting the corporate’s latest self-driving car for the primary time.

The Cruise AV, which has no handbook controls similar to a steering wheel or pedals, was put in Wednesday within the “GM World” heart courtyard, which the corporate has been renovating for a number of months. It is anticipated to be on show till Friday.

Barra, throughout a brief afternoon occasion, thanked staff for his or her work final 12 months and on current tasks such because the automotive and redesigned 2019 Silverado, which was unveiled Saturday for the Detroit auto present.

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“We must be very proud,” she informed the lots of, if not hundreds, lined up alongside a number of tales of the Detroit landmark. “This journey we’re on is so vital.”

The Cruise AV is the following step in GM’s “triple zero” imaginative and prescient of zero crashes, zero emissions and nil congestion — an overarching aim for the corporate that Barra introduced in 2017.

GM introduced the fourth-gen Cruise AV final week at the side of a petition filed with NHTSA, the nation’s high auto security regulator, for permission to work round sure federal car requirements with a purpose to launch the autos with out handbook controls in public ride-hailing companies in 2019.

GM is testing self-driving autos in Arizona, California and Michigan. It’s anticipated to develop to New York Metropolis in 2018.

The¬†self-driving car,¬†developed with GM subsidiary Cruise Automation, relies on GM’s battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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