General Motors produces 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with self-driving technology

By AUVSI News posted 7 days ago


General Motors (GM) has announced that it has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles, equipped with the company's next generation of self-driving technology.

The vehicles, which were produced at GM's Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, are equipped with the latest array of equipment from GM, including cameras, sensors, LIDAR, and other hardware designed to “accelerate development of a safe and reliable fully autonomous vehicle.” 

This latest batch of Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles will join more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs that are currently a part of testing fleets in Scottsdale, Arizona, metro Detroit, and San Francisco.

“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” says Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of GM.

“Expansion of our real-world test fleet will help ensure that our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles.”

Since June 2016, GM and Cruise Automation engineers have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on public roads in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Francisco.

Since January of this year, they have been testing these vehicles on the public roads in Warren, Michigan.

Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, says, “to achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale.”

“By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing these cars in Michigan, we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find.”

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