General Motors has thrown down the gauntlet to its rivals in the race to get mass produced, self-driving, electric vehicles on the roads.
The company has applied for regulatory permission to launch the cars in the US next year.
“General Motors’ mission is to bring our vision of a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion to life. Safely developing and deploying electric self-driving vehicles at scale will dramatically change our world,” said GM in a report.
GM said its new “Cruise AV” model had the capability to see the environment around it, in 360 degrees, day and night.
The production-ready car has no steering wheel or pedals, or any other manual controls.
Cruise is designed to identify and quickly respond to pedestrians on zebra crossings, or an object darting suddenly into its path.
It can manoeuvre through bollards, yield to emergency vehicles and react to avoid collisions, according to GM.