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How do we built the first real self-driving car?

Electric self-driving cars will save many lives and significantly accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, but only they’re deployed in large numbers. So, naturally, our singular focus at autosuggest is to rapidly deploy self-driving cars at scale. Then we’ll drive down their cost and improve their capabilities, so we will deploy at a good larger scale.

While show the foremost advanced self-driving software ever demonstrated, the foremost critical requirement for deployment at scale is really the power to manufacture the cars that run that software. So, today, we’re unveiling the world’s first mass-producible car designed to work without a driver. This isn’t just an idea design — it’s airbags, crumple zones, and cozy seats. It’s assembled during a high-volume factory capable of manufacturing 100,000’s vehicles per annum.

The car we’re unveiling today is really the 3rd generation self-driving car, but it’s the primary that meets the redundancy and safety requirements we believe are necessary to work without a driver. There’s no other car like this alive. For now, there’ll still be a person’s behind the wheel.

In the near future, you’ll see these cars on the road, and they’ll appear as if regular cars, but they’re actually a number of the foremost technically advanced robots on the earth. They don’t need drivers, and there won’t be anyone inside in the least. They’ve been designed to emulate human driving behavior but with the human mistakes omitted. They don’t drink and drive, they don’t text while driving, and that they don’t get tired. it’s taken the collective effort of over two thousand people to make this product, and that we believe that together we’ve managed to make something that will at some point drive significantly better than a person.

These robots didn’t appear overnight. You’d know that discovering new things along the way so would take an iterative approach to development and built several generations of vehicles. We’ve already put many thousands of complex urban miles on these vehicles, and exposure to the various challenging situations we’ve encountered along the way has rapidly improved our software.

Hardware, however, maybe a different beast. No production car has been designed to work with no help from a person. It’s an enormous jump to travel from some assistance to none in the least, maybe even 100 xs as difficult. The amount of critical systems that have got to be heavily modified, duplicated for redundancy, or newly designed means retrofitting an existing vehicle is out of the question. That new car was our 2nd generation test vehicle. it had been designed by equivalent engineers who design regular cars, so it went through an equivalent rigorous testing process as most production vehicles. Most significantly, it had been designed to be built on one among GM’s high-volume assembly lines in order that we could find out how to create at scale. We started rebuilding the systems using automotive grade components and automotive suppliers when possible and began modifying and replacing code on the handfuls of systems and controllers inside the vehicle in order that they cleanly interfaced with the self-driving technology. We even built some sensors and controllers from scratch because nobody else was building them. These 2nd generation cars have all the key elements for autonomous driving, but they don’t contain the redundancy and safety systems we believe are necessary for fully driverless operation.