While other car makers are gearing up to embrace autonomous technology in their future products, GM is taking a step back.
It looks like Tesla’s Autopilot fatal accident took its toll across the auto industry, as many car manufacturers and regulators are re-assessing the technology’s safety standards, pushing back the craze to introduce semi and fully autonomous vehicles on the public roads.
Germany, for instance, wants to implement black boxes in autonomous cars in the near future, while GM is taking another look at the tech, asThe Detroit Bureau reports. This could delay GM’s Supercruise from reaching the market in 2017 with Chairman and CEO Mary Barra stating that the company isn’t putting a specific date on it. However, officials later added that the feature is still expected to debut in 2017.
GM’s announcement only demonstrates how serious car makers are (under the watchful eye of federal regulators) when it comes to the autonomous revolution, as more and more car companies will eventually make the tech available in the coming decade.
GM is determined not to repeat Tesla’s “mistakes” with the Supercruise, which means it won’t follow the electric-car maker’s strategy of putting a high-tech system that is still in beta, or not fully trouble-free, available to the consumer.
This is the second time GM delays its autonomous tech’s rollout.