GM and Ford asked the U.S. authorities to allow the use of unmanned vehicles without a steering wheel and a brake pedal

GM and Ford asked the U.S. authorities to allow the use of unmanned vehicles without a steering whee

The car manufacturers of General Motors and Ford Motor applied to the US Department of Transport's National Traffic Safety Authority to allow the testing of a limited number of unmanned vehicles without steering wheel and brake pedals, so NHTSA published on Wednesday a company petition for public discussion for 30 days.

GM and its Cruise unit specializing in the development of autonomous driving technologies reported in February this year that they had requested NHTSA to authorize the development and production of unmanned vehicles without steering wheel and pedals, mirrors, pivots and windshield wipers.

Ford Motor filed a similar application with NHTSA earlier in July 2021, but it was not disclosed prior to the publication of the petition this week. Both companies want to use up to 2,500 UAVs a year for Raidshering and Delivery.

Ford reported to NHTSA in an application for plans to release at the beginning of this decade a self-controlled vehicle to transport passengers and deliver packages.

GM is already planning to launch the production of an autonomous Cruise Origin vehicle without traditional controls. GM's application indicates that the passengers of an autonomous vehicle will be required to fasten their seat belts prior to the start of the journey. Ford, in turn, intends to start the production of self-controlled hybrid electric vehicles.