General Motors is moving aggressively towards a future where mobility is made possible by electrified autonomous vehicles.
The Detroit automaker has become the first vehicle manufacturer to make self-driving cars using mass-production methods by rolling off 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles with its next-generation autonomous driving technology from the company’s Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.
These new test units will complement the current 50-vehicle fleet of self-driving Bolt EVs found in San Francisco, Arizona and Detroit. “This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality.
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,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
All these 180 autonomous Bolt EVs are equipped with LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware needed to further research and development of safer and more reliable self-driving vehicles.
Along with Cruise Automation, GM will continue testing these units on public roads in San Francisco, Arizona and Detroit.
“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," said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt.