OTOH, if I can buy a car with no steering wheel nor pedals, and it can take from my home in Redmond to, say, Seattle without my intervention, then I will happily throw a little Tabasco on that baked crow while I open a browser to order one.
It remains to be seen whether GM can hit their targets, but they're coming along pretty well. If you're a man of your word there's a good chance you'll end up eating crow.
While all the hype is about "autonomous" what these actually are is very sophisticated remote control cars running on "digital train tracks" with humans continually monitoring and able to intervene in whatever they do.
Full autonomous, the way it is hyped, is still "maybe in 20 years" but there are other ways to skin the cat.
They will be remotely monitored 100% of the time, for various reasons. I expect in the beginning there will be lots of awkward "Please stop having sex in the car" intercom moments.
> None of the articles I’ve seen make any mention
It is "counter-narrative" so it will never be brought up unless someone specifically asks, and then they will try to spin it to mislead you, but that is just standard PR.
GM released a report today that outines their plans fairly comprehensively:
2. They’re probably well aware of the ample research into motion sickness. Not being able to see the direction of travel appears to increase the risk of symptoms for many.
Sample citations (you can find many more via a Google Scholar search):
Every now and then, various concepts come out with a cabin that has two rows of seats facing each other. These would require a much more radical (and expensive) redesign, and it may not even pass a baseline required by contemporary regulations without additional back-and-forth.
Although the busses in my city don't have rear facing seats either, they exasperate motion sickness in some people.
Zoox is building a bi-directional robotaxi that has no front or rear, it goes both ways the same. All four wheels have independent steering and motors. It would be too weird for a human to control manually at all.