After testing their all-electric and autonomous Chevy Bolt EV prototypes in California, Michigan, and Arizona, GM's Cruise Automation vehicles are going to New York City to further test their system in a hard traffic environment.
The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement.
The cars in NY would run at Level 4 autonomy, meaning a human passenger (for the most part) monitors the systems and the vehicle navigates.
"Testing in NY will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale", stated Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation.
The company has tested more than 100 of the vehicles around the country, including in dense San Francisco, but New York's harsh weather and even harsher streets will "improve our software at a much faster rate", Vogt said.
The Silicon Valley-based firm, which GM acquired in March 2016 for $1 billion, has also been testing its autonomous driving tech on roads in San Francisco, Arizona, and MI. "We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo as we work toward bringing next-generation transportation solutions to NY".
News of the upcoming tests comes after Audi in June performed New York's first autonomous vehicle demo. Detailed 3-D mapping to help the cars navigate the streets has already begun in lower Manhattan, although the companies did not say which specific neighborhoods were involved.
Cruise's modified Chevrolet Bolts have become a regular sight on the streets of San Francisco. I have taken part in three AV demonstrations in 2017, and there is no question that we are on the brink of a breakthrough for the automotive industry and our state economy.
As in the other test areas, the Cruise vehicles will have a human safety driver. "The state hopes testing will cement "New York's role as the hub of autonomous vehicle innovation in the U.S.".
Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech:NYC, said, "GM and Cruise's autonomous vehicle testing in New York City demonstrates a significant step forward and ensures New York continues to lead the tech industry".