GM aiming for personal driverless vehicles this decade

The American carmaker GM is aiming at offering customers self driving vehicles later in the 2020s.

American broadcaster CNBC reports that while autonomous vehicles for deliveries and ride-hailing services are currently undergoing rigorous testing, manufacturing them for retail customers hasn’t been a priority for automakers because the technology needed for the systems is “prohibitively expensive”, but that CEO Mary Barra has told investors, “Later in the decade, I believe, and there’s a lot to still unfold, but I believe we’ll have personal autonomous vehicles.”

The report says she did not specifically say GM would sell such vehicles directly to consumers. It could lease them or offer customers a subscription service like it did previously for Cadillac vehicles. A GM spokesman said the company has no further comment at this time.

CNBC adds that Barra’s comments come after GM showcased a personal autonomous vehicle concept car for its Cadillac brand in January. The vehicle was based on the Origin, an autonomous shuttle from its majority-owned subsidiary Cruise.

(Picture – Cruise GM)

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