Fiat500USA.com has confirmed the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth will come with Abarth badging on its steering wheel and seatbacks embroidered with the Abarth name. Note:the above pictures are of the European Abarth 124 Spider. Images of the US version are not available, but are anticipated to look similar. When the Abarth version of the Fiat 124 Spider was first announced in March 2016, the car was initially badged as the Fiat 124 Spider with an Elaborazione Abarth emblem on the side. The name Elaborazione Abarth is loosely translated to Tuned by Abarth meaning that the car had an Abarth option package. American Abarth enthusiasts were taken by surprise - they wanted the full Abarth treatment and badging - and took to the forum to voice their opinion. You can read the discussions here on the Fiat 124 Spider Forum. Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Discussion Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Discussion Condensing their views, this author put together a letter to some key players in the … [Read more...] about Confirmed: Abarth Steering Wheel Badge Coming!
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General Motors is poised to release a production-ready autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel and pedals in 2019. The car, to be named the Cruise AV, is a Chevrolet Bolt EV–based self-driving car that relies on technology developed by the Detroit-based automaker and Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup that GM acquired nearly two years ago.With a goal of eliminating crashes and traffic congestion, the Cruise AV is fitted with five lidar sensors, 16 cameras, and 21 radars. The information procured from the systems allows the Cruise AV to create a three-dimensional model of its surroundings. Additionally, the array of radars, cameras, and sensors let the self-driving car anticipate the movements of surrounding objects and predict multiple driving paths, which allows the Cruise AV to change course quickly should an object cross the Cruise AV’s intended path.Thanks to machine learning and a shared database, each individual Cruise AV will be able to … [Read more...] about GM to Launch Driverless Car in 2019 with No Steering Wheel or Pedals
General Motors plans to launch public ride-hailing services with self-driving vehicles that don’t have manual controls such as steering wheels and pedals, starting in 2019.In a petition submitted to NHTSA on Thursday, GM detailed the safety features of the "Cruise AV" vehicle and asked federal officials to allow the vehicles to operate on U.S. roadways without meeting 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that cover vehicles with human drivers but aren’t necessarily applicable for autonomous vehicles.If granted, the waiver would allow GM to launch as many as 2,500 self-driving vehicles a year into a form of taxi service and help pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles to move from niche testing fleets into broader commercial applications."We're seeking to maintain the same, equal safety but to achieve the safety objectives of some standards in a different way," said Paul Hemmersbaugh, a former chief counsel for NHTSA who now serves as chief counsel for GM's mobility … [Read more...] about GM says its self-driving tech is safe enough to lose the steering wheel
DETROIT - General Motors Co is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car -- one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal -- to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV -- a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV -- has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.Company President Dan Ammann told reporters GM had filed on Thursday for government approval to deploy the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls."GM is part of … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV plans autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals
General Motors (GM), in collaboration with US-based Cruise Automation, aims to take autonomous driving to the next level with the introduction of the Cruise AV – a car with no steering wheel or pedals.While the Cruise AV may seem like a motoring enthusiast’s worst nightmare, the car has actually been purpose built for GM’s commercial ride-sharing fleet that the company aims to operate in USA by 2019. The car sports 21 radar sensors, 16 cameras and 5 LIDAR units to help it propel and steer on its own.GM is seeking approval from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration in the US to operate as many as 2,600 of such vehicles in the country. The company also needs approval from the individual US states where it wants to run these cars in. Media reports claim that GM executives are working with American authorities to allow as many as 16 alterations to existing vehicle safety rules, such as having an airbag in what would generally be the driver’s seat … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV has no steering wheel!