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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-selfdriving-cruise/taco-truck-halts-gm-autonomous-cars-cruise-through-city-streets-idUSKBN1DT1SO
Taco truck halts GM autonomous car's cruise through city streets
November 29, 2017  Alexandria Sage  Peter Henderson,Richard Chang

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A self-driving General Motors Co Bolt slowly drove
more than two miles through crowded San Francisco streets in its media debut
on Tuesday, but double-parked cars and orange traffic cones tripped up the
computer driver, and a taco truck stumped the machine.

GM’s self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, gave reporters rides on Tuesday,
the first public roadtrips for non-employees in its cars which have been
tested in San Francisco, Phoenix and Detroit.

Major automakers as well as technology leaders like Alphabet Inc and Intel
Corp have poured billions into autonomous vehicle research, although fully
self-driving cars are a work in progress. Robo-taxi service is seen as the
main use for most self-driving vehicles, including the Bolt.

“Our mission is to bring this technology to commercial deployment at scale,
with safety, as soon as we humanly can do that,” GM President Dan Ammann
told reporters. He repeated Chief Executive Mary Barra’s promise in October
that GM would roll out self-driving cars within “quarters, not years.”

During a roughly 15-minute ride in a busy area of San Francisco over a 2.2
mile (3.5km) trip, the Cruise-enhanced electric Bolt carrying a Reuters
journalist encountered 117 people, 4 bikes and 129 cars, according to the
car’s sensors.

The car, never moving more than 20 miles per hour, navigated urban traffic,
a tram line, construction zones, pedestrians crossing streets and many
double-parked vehicles. Urban environments are as much as 46 times more
complex than suburban areas, Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said.

The Bolt reacted more conservatively than a human driver, for example
slowing to a near stop after sensing a bike approaching in the opposite
lane.

“Looking for a clear path” screens facing the driver and passengers read
several times during the trip, when the car stopped next to some traffic
cones or behind double-parked vehicles. After pauses, it restarted and
passed the obstacles by itself.

A taco truck was too much, though. The Bolt’s human backup driver disengaged
the system and took the wheel after the car waited for more than a minute
behind the truck where construction workers ordered lunch.

Vogt said those issues would improve over time and that the winner of the
self-driving car race would be the one that first launches at “massive
scale” rather than just being the first to market a model.

GM over the past several months has regained its status as the largest U.S.
automaker by market capitalization over electric luxury car maker Tesla Inc.

Some of GM’s share surge has come from investors betting on its investments
in self-driving and electric cars, although the company’s profits are driven
entirely by demand for trucks and SUVs in North America, and its growing
sales in China.

“GM is aiming to more fundamentally alter investor perception on their
position,” wrote Barclays analyst Brian Johnson in a note to clients on
Tuesday.

Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo often is seen as company to beat in the
emerging sector. It announced in November that it would launch a
self-driving robo-taxi service in suburban Phoenix, carrying its first
passengers in the next few months.

Earlier this month, GM said it would launch a range of electric vehicles in
2021 in a direct challenge to market leader Tesla, which is struggling to
ramp up its more affordable, high-volume Model 3.
[© 2017 Reuters]



https://jalopnik.com/gms-self-driving-bolt-gets-publicly-stumped-by-taco-tru-1820835350
GM's Self-Driving Bolt Gets Publicly Stumped By Taco Truck
November 29, 2017  Ryan Felton

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Ahead of a big meeting with Wall Street investors this week to lay out its
“vision for an autonomous future,” General Motors showed off its
self-driving cars in San Francisco, offering the first public test rides for
non-employees. The rides didn’t exactly go as planned.

Carmakers are trying to move lightning fast to bring autonomous cars to
life, but to make it work, they need to be able to tackle busy, hectic
streets like you’d find in San Francisco. GM’s self-driving car unit, Cruise
Automation, has—to its credit—publicized some candid videos of its cars in
the wild, which show them getting tripped up and pausing for double parked
cars and the like. It’s notable the company’s so willing to show off its
growing pains.

And the public test rides given on Tuesday show just how much work remains
for GM and other automakers hoping to deliver on autonomous cars, in a way
they boast is possible.

Here’s an example from Reuters:

    During a roughly 15-minute ride in a busy area of San Francisco over a
2.2 mile (3.5km) trip, the Cruise-enhanced electric Bolt carrying a Reuters
journalist encountered 117 people, 4 bikes and 129 cars, according to the
car’s sensors.

    The car, never moving more than 20 miles per hour, navigated urban
traffic, a tram line, construction zones, pedestrians crossing streets and
many double-parked vehicles. Urban environments are as much as 46 times more
complex than suburban areas, Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said.

    The Bolt reacted more conservatively than a human driver, for example
slowing to a near stop after sensing a bike approaching in the opposite
lane.

If this were an actual passenger being picked up by Cruise’s ride-hailing
program—the company launched an app for employees in August—they’d probably
be annoyed by such a long pause for a bicyclist. Still, this isn’t bad.

But that wasn’t all from the ride.

    A taco truck was too much, though. The Bolt’s human backup driver
disengaged the system and took the wheel after the car waited for more than
a minute behind the truck where construction workers ordered lunch.

Wired’s correspondent had a similarly “herky-jerky” ride. The New York Times
had no notable issues during its ride, but again, we’re talking about a
two-mile trek. All told, it sets the stage for GM’s announcement Thursday.
Will GM’s autonomous vision of the future address the confounding display of
a taco truck?
[© jalopnik.com]



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/gm-driverless-cars.html
G.M. Unveils Its Driverless Cars, Aiming to Lead the Pack
NOV. 29, 2017 ... A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, being operated with
self-driving technology, making its way around San Francisco ...
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...
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2017/11/30/gm-driverless-cars-can-affordable-and-profitable/910608001/
GM: Driverless cars can be affordable and profitable
Nov. 30, 2017  “We need to accelerate acceptance of electric vehicles," said
Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development. GM's
current entry in the pure electric category is the Chevrolet Bolt. The
company's autonomous, or self-driving, technology, has accelerated after it
acquired San Francisco start-up Cruise ...
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