GM’s First Self-Driving Vehicle Could Carry the Name AV1
A blast from the past lends its name to the futureby Jonathan Lopez, on
It’s no secret General Motors is working hard to create its own fully autonomous vehicle, and now, it looks as though the domestic auto-making behemoth could be gearing up for a big reveal before we know it.
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It’s believed the name will be used as part of a forthcoming product from GM’s Cruise Automation project, referencing the company’s first-ever fully autonomous vehicle.
This latest bit of speculation comes courtesy of a recent report from GM Inside News, which reveals General Motors just filed a new trademark application for the name “AV1.” The name will be used as a nameplate for an up-and-coming motor vehicle from the Detroit-based company.
It’s believed the name will be used as part of a forthcoming product from GM’s Cruise Automation project, most likely referencing the company’s first-ever fully autonomous vehicle.
The name is also a reference to the EV 1, a sleek all-electric two-door from the late ‘90s. The EV l was originally intended to bring battery power to the masses, and managed to produce 137 horsepower and net an impressive 160 miles per charge.
The original EV 1 enjoyed a relatively impressive run, with over 1,000 units produced between 1996 and 1999. However, after the car was discontinued, GM crushed all remaining units, arguing that spare parts were too costly to produce. The story eventually became subject matter for the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?.
Fast forward to the present day, and GM is busy testing its driverless vehicle technology in several U.S. states, including Arizona, California, and Michigan, all with the intention of offering its first fully autonomous vehicle by 2019. The vehicle will use the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt as its base platform, but won’t come with a steering wheel or pedals. Rather, GM will offer the vehicles as part of a ride-hailing service, which, without human drivers, should help to decrease expenses in the long run.
It’s kinda crazy to think we’re this close to widespread implementation of fully autonomous vehicle technology, and if GM pulls it off in the next year or so, you gotta wonder how much longer human pilots have before the tech really takes hold.
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