General Motors Company expects to have autonomous cars in big cities in 2019. The prediction was part of a set of slides posted online in preparation for an investor presentation. In the slides, GM estimates the autonomous vehicles will be used for commercial purposes.
According to the company, based on the current rate of change, the "commercial launch at scale" is expected in heavily traveled urban environments in 2019. The vehicles are expected to be used as delivery vehicles, and to help transport people.
Already, GM is working on testing an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. The cars have a back up driver in case something goes wrong, but it is possible the back up drivers would be eliminated when the commercial launch happens in over a year. Those tests are taking place in San Francisco, Detroit, and Phoenix.
The slides posted on GM's website also say the company is the leader in the field, but is focused on self-driving vehicles safety.