General Motors is facing one of the first lawsuits to involve an autonomous vehicle, after a collision between its Cruise self-driving car and a motorbike in California.
Motorcyclist Oscar Nilsson is suing GM stating that the Chevrolet Bolt, which was operating in autonomous mode with a backup driver behind the wheel, “suddenly veered back into Nilsson’s lane, striking Nilsson and knocking him to the ground”.
The accident happened on 7 December in heavy traffic in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco, with the GM vehicle reportedly travelling at 12mph and the motorcycle 17mph.
General Motors is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car – one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal – to enter the automaker’s first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.
For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV – a rebranded version of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV – has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.
This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver’s seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.
Arranging a loan with GM financial inevitably involves a fair degree of paperwork, if not literally, and a sense of losing some degree of advice and guidance both throughout the process and afterwards.
GM financial has a strong reputation for its customer service arm which can do much good work in both these areas. Most people assume that the customer service arm of any dealership only comes into play once the sale or lease agreement has been agreed, and deals with feeding problems regarding payments or warranty issues
In fact a good customer service agent will do much more than that and be able to provide a degree of useful advice during the process as well.
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When deciding on what type of auto loan the individual requires, there are a number of factors to take into account. First and foremost is the sale price of the vehicle and how much they are going to end up paying for it, in terms of its list price and how much of a discount they can expect to be offered by the dealership. There will also be additional costs to be.
In terms of vehicle service contracts, servicing and maintenance plans, extended warranties and roadside assistance and emergency transportation plans. It is also worth remembering that insurance costs can be substantial on any vehicle, and it is a good idea to have some idea what these are likely to be prior to buying or leasing the GM car or truck.
GM financial customer service agents will have, or should have, a significant amount of experience in all of these areas and are a resource that although not always commonly thought of, should be used and can be used prior to the sale or lease agreement finalised.
Of course they are also there to deal with any teething problems once the loan or lease agreement has been finalised, but often they can provide insights into areas of the auto loan process that can prevent problems in the first base.