GM patents self-driving car for learner drivers Car News

General Motors (GM) has filed a patent for a new autonomous vehicle technology that could teach learners to drive without the need for a human instructor.

The American firm suggests that it could introduce technology in its future self-driving cars that will assess a learner’s driving ability, give operational feedback and take control if necessary.

The documents, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, show the use of sensors and an on-board computer to judge learner skills. It then assigns a score to the driver based on their actions – affected by the extent to which the self-driving technology had to intervene at any stage.

GM says that while current training methods with a human instructor work, they might not be “optimal” in all situations, adding that more time and money could be spent by a learner with a human teacher.

No news has been announced regarding a release plan for the technology, and given GM’s limited presence in Europe, any production rollout would no doubt initially be limited to its US home market.

In 2020, GM-owned autonomous vehicle maker Cruise unveiled an autonomous electric shuttle called Origin. It was designed as part of the American company’s commitment to “improve life in the city” and will form the basis of a new public mobility service being rolled out in San Francisco, California.

GM’s latest patent was filed just days before the results of the UK government’s consultation on new autonomous vehicle laws.

The Department for Transport said today that drivers will be allowed to watch TV in a moving self-driving car.

However, this will only apply to non-driving related content on in-vehicle displays when the vehicle is self-controlling. It will still be illegal to use cell phones in the same scenario.

The government expects the UK’s first self-driving vehicles could be ready for use later this year.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-20 10:44:20

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