GM says it’s mass-producing cars without steering wheels

GM's planned Cruise AV driverless car features no steering wheel or pedals. (Reuters)
Updated 12 January 2018
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GM says it’s mass-producing cars without steering wheels

DETROIT: General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.
The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers.
GM’s Cruise Automation unit has announced plans to carry passengers in self-driving cars that won’t have a backup driver in 2019. The location of the service has not been revealed.
GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the first of the autonomous Chevrolet Bolts is being tested. He says the company isn’t announcing how many will be made.
Waymo, which used to be the autonomous car arm of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has made a limited number of autonomous vehicles without steering wheels and pedals.


EU to hit US imports from Friday in response to Trump tariffs

Updated 20 June 2018
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EU to hit US imports from Friday in response to Trump tariffs

BRUSSELS: The EU will start charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of US products from Friday after Washington imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum at the start of June, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
The Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) worth of US goods, including bourbon and motorbikes.