NEW YORK, Oct 18 — GM applied for a licence to start testing its self-driving cars in Manhattan early next year, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The cars will have engineers in the driver's and passenger's seats to monitor rides.
It will be the first time level 4 autonomous vehicles will be tested in New York State.
Level 4 self-driving cars can switch to autonomus mode only in supported — or geofenced — areas.
They use special, highly detailed, three-dimensional maps, which pinpoint a car's location and understand its surroundings. Cuomo says such maps are being created in Manhattan.
Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell says: “I think for this technology to fully work itself out and get rid of the kinks, I mean, you have to drive a car in a big city, and, you know, what bigger city is there than Manhattan for pedestrians, for other cars, for cars coming in different directions.
“It seems like it's gonna give them a lot of good road knowledge so that they can program their cars to be able to, you know, perform in those situations.”
In May, Cuomo said he was accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Audi was first with an autonomous vehicle demonstration. — Reuters