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General Motors plan to release self-driving taxis in 2019

General Motors plan to release self-driving taxis in 2019

General Motors want to bring their self-driving taxis to the market in 2019.

The company are planning to get their autonomous vehicles on the road in two years time.

Speaking to Wall Street investors, analysts and journalists in San Francisco, CEO Mary Barra said: "General Motors is committed to a future where we have zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion."

Whilst General Motors President Dan Ammann added: "We don't see regulations as an impediment to wide-scale deployment ... The engineering challenge to get to a commercial launch is perhaps 10,000 times more difficult than doing a simple autonomous vehicle demo of a car driving around the block ... This product will continuously get better from the moment it's launched; the more you use it, the better it will get."

General Motors are not the only company working on autonomous vehicles and Waymo previously revealed they have partnered with Intel to allow their self-driving vehicles to make their own decisions.

Writing on their website, they shared: "Waymo's self-driving vehicles can see 360 degrees, track thousands of moving objects simultaneously, and detect the subtle nuances of the road  -  like a cyclist's hand signal. This kind of real-time understanding of the world requires not just advanced sensors and software, but a high-performance specialized computer to match.

"Like our LiDAR, radar and vision systems, Waymo's compute platform on our self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan is designed entirely in-house by Waymo engineers. By developing our own compute, our engineers can carefully select the components that are best suited for fully self-driving technology. Take, for example, our work with Intel. Waymo has been using Intel products since 2009. For our latest vehicle, our engineers worked with Intel from the design stage to integrate some of Intel's most-advanced processors and other technology into our own platform."

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