SAFE Urges NHSTA to Approve GM Cruise Petition for Purpose Built Vehicle, Origin

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SAFE has urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the petition for exemption submitted by GM Cruise for their purpose-built vehicle the Origin. If granted, the exemption would allow flexibility in the design of autonomous vehicles (AVs) which exclude conventional features such as a steering wheel. Deploying purpose-built AVs for passenger travel is an important step toward a transportation system that is safer, more efficient, and more accessible. GM Cruise seeks exemptions from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), which NHTSA has authority to grant under specific criteria.

Read SAFE’s comments submitted by Dr. Allanté Whitmore, Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, on the Cruise petition here.