Written by Kfir Kedem – July 28, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Are Total Recall style vehicles finally here? For those who haven’t seen it, the movie has autonomous taxis in which the rider gets in and relaxes while being driven to their destination. GM and Ford have both requested special grants to release vehicles that do not have steering wheels or brake pedals.
They both requested the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a grant to deploy 2500 wheel-less/pedal-less vehicles. 2500 just so happens to be the annual limit of vehicles allowed to be deployed for ride sharing.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Given that they have requested the limit for ride sharing services and have not requested any special permissions to sell these vehicles, it can be deduced that these vehicles will either be used for ride sharing or for deliveries. The main obstacle is getting the permission of the NHTSA. Having said that, even if Ford and GM don’t get the grant right now, it is clear that more companies will follow suit and we will have driverless vehicles on the road soon.